Yesterday a hostage standoff occurred at the James T. Vaughn Correction Center which is a Delaware State Prison that left one correctional officer dead.
At least four prison workers were among the initial hostages after a large group of inmates took control of Building C at James T. Vaughn Correction Center in Smyrna. Two of the four were released within hours of the siege, and 46 inmates were freed during negotiations between police and the hostage-takers.
The rescued employee was recovering at a nearby hospital. She was “alive and talking,” corrections officials said. At least one of the staffers freed Wednesday had injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
At least 82 inmates remained in the building early Thursday. The standoff forced Delaware to lock down all of its state prisons. Here is a recording of a hostage speaking with negotiators from inside the prison.
According to authorities around 10:30 am a correctional officer requested back up for a unit that housed over 100 inmates. A man who claimed he was a hostage spoke with the Delaware News Journal over the phone gave a list of grievances that included President Trump. That caller said education for prisoners was the inmates’ priority, along with effective rehabilitation and information about how money is allocated to prisons.
“Donald Trump. Everything that he did. All the things that he’s doing now. We know that the institution is going to change for the worse. We know the institution is going to change for the worse,” one inmate said in the call.
Here is the recording of the conversations that occurred with the Delaware News Journal (Warning Contains Graphic Language):
Law Enforcement stormed the center early Thursday morning and found a corrections officer unresponsive and was later pronounced dead.
Delaware Gov. John Carney said in a statement: “I’m praying hard for the fallen officer’s family. This serves as a tragic reminder that members of law enforcement risk their lives every day on behalf of the people of Delaware. We will stand by the fallen officer’s family and fellow law enforcement officers during what is an extremely difficult time.”
The name of the officer has not yet been released however, it has been said that he is married with children.
With States pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into reentry programs one would wonder why this would even happen. I’m surprised that the motivational interviewing techniques these programs employ didn’t work. These programs are sold to staff that if you reason with the inmates they will understand and change their ways. Well, as a result, it has claimed the life of a correctional officer who only wanted to finish his shift and go home, robbed a wife of her husband, and stole a father from a child.