DOVER, DEL. — State officials have released an interim report outlining efforts to implement several recommended reforms in the wake of a deadly inmate riot and hostage taking last year at Delaware's maximum-security prison.
Officials cautioned in releasing the report Thursday that, while progress is being made, institutional and cultural change within the Department of Correction is a complex, long-term process.
The report addresses 41 recommendations contained in an independent review ordered by Democratic Gov. John Carney after a February 2017 uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, during which correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed and three other DOC staffers taken hostage.
The report notes that DOC officials have focused significantly on efforts to improve correctional officer safety and training, which accounted for almost half of the review team's recommendations.