Coronavirus Increasing at Vaughn & Baylor Prisons

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Screening and testing at the Vaughn Correctional Facility in Smyrna has identified additional inmates who are positive for coronavirus ‚Äď bringing the total at the prison to 45. They are from the same housing building as the cases identified last week ‚Äď as well as three additional tiers in other housing units. A positive test…

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DOC Announces Inmate Death, 11 Inmate Recoveries & One New Inmate Test Result

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The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) today announced that¬†Jim Hunter, Jr., an 81 year-old inmate with serious underlying health conditions from James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC),¬†died on Sunday, May 10¬†at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus from¬†complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Diabetes, and¬†COVID.¬†¬†Hunter¬†was part of a minimum security housing unit that has¬†been closely monitored…

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DOC Updates Coronavirus Recoveries, Cases, and Enhanced Services for Inmates

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The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) today announced that inmate recoveries from COVID have reached 44 – an increase of 10 since earlier this week – as the Department expands access to technology for inmates housed in its COVID-19 treatment center at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC).  This past week the DOC upgraded wiring in the treatment center to…

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DOC: 1 Inmate Dies – 9 Recover from Coronavirus

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The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) today announced that Robert Francisco, a 79 year-old inmate with underlying health conditions from James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC),¬†died on Saturday evening, April 25¬†at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus from complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and COVID.¬† Francisco was part of a minimum security housing unit that…

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DOC Announces Coronavirus Recoveries, Additional Test Results

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The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) today announced a total of 8 inmates have recovered from COVID-19, including 5 new recoveries in addition to 3 announced earlier this week.  These inmates are currently housed in a transitional housing unit in the JTVCC COVID-19 treatment center.  The DOC also announced that a Correctional Officer has fully…

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DOC Announces 6 Additional Positive Coronavirus Tests

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The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) today announced six additional positive COVID-19 test results, including three asymptomatic inmates who received proactive COVID-19 testing earlier this week.  Review an informational chart of positive COVID-19 cases among DOC employees, contracted staff and inmates for each DOC facility by clicking HERE.  These latest positive test results include: A Correctional Officer who is assigned to Sussex Community…

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DOC Announce 1 Additional CO from Vaughn Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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The Delaware¬†Department of Correction (DOC) today¬†announced¬†that one additional Correctional Officer¬†tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number to 12 Correctional Officers to test positive for the virus. ¬†¬† –¬†A Correctional Officer, who is assigned to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC)¬†in Smyrna.¬† The Correctional Officer was last on duty on 7 days ago – on…

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DOC Officials Investigating Vaughn Inmate Death

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Corrections officials are investigating the death of an inmate at the Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.¬† Officials say 67 year old Norris Durham of Dover was in the prison infirmary for an unrelated medical condition when he complained of having chest pains.¬† Medical staff was getting his vital signs when he lost¬† consciousness.¬† Additional life-saving…

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Sentencing Set for Three Vaughn Defendants

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Judge William Carpenter has set a sentencing date of September 13 at 9:30am for the three Vaughn defendants ‚Äď Dwayne Staats, Jarreau Ayres and Royal Downs. Dwayne Staats was the only defendant found guilty of 1st degree murder in the death of Correctional Officer Lt. Steven Floyd. Staats was also found guilty of other charges…

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State Not to Move Forward with Final Vaughn Prison Riot Trial

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With two defendants to stand trial in October in the Vaughn Prison Riot case, the State has opted NOT to move forward with further pending charges. The Department of Justice released this statement on the Vaughn trials: On the morning of February 2, 2017, a correctional officer was found dead ‚Äď tragically and brutally murdered…

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UPDATED: Roman Shankaras Not Guilty on All Charges in Third Vaughn Prison Riot Trial

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UPDATED¬† 5/23/19¬† 3:20PM¬† –¬† The eighth defendant tried in the Vaughn Prison Riot, 32 year old Roman Shankaras, has been found not guilty on all charges.¬† DOC Commissioner Perry Phelps offered the following statement: ‚ÄúWe thank the members of the jury for their time and service to the State of Delaware. The news is upsetting,…

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Closing Arguments in 2nd Vaughn Trial Begin Monday

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Testimony has concluded in the second trial of suspects accused in the Vaughn Prison riot in February 2017.¬† Abednego Baynes, Kevin Berry, John Bramble and Obadiah Miller are each charged with 3 counts of 1st degree murder as well as multiple other offenses ‚Äď including assault, riot and kidnapping.¬† During the prison riot, three correctional…

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Next Vaughn Trial to Begin in Mid-January

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Jury selection for the next group of prisoners who allegedly took part in the prison riot at the Vaughn Correctional Center will begin on January 7th.¬† Obadiah Miller, John Bramble, Kevin Berry and Abednego Baynes will be tried for their rolls in the riot and kidnapping of 4 correctional officers which led to the death…

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JTVCC C Building to be Demolished

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C-Building at the Vaughn Correctional Center ‚Äď the site of an inmate uprising and death of Correctional Officer Lt Steven Floyd ‚Äď will be torn down.¬† The building is a constant reminder of what happened on February 1st, 2017.¬† DOC Commissioner Perry Phelps says that demolishing C-Building will ‚Äėdemonstrate that JTVCC is moving forward and…

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DOC Completes Staffing Analysis for Vaughn

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A staffing study for the James T. Vaughan Correctional Facility in Smyrna has been completed.¬† The Staffing Analysis Team report recommends funding for an additional 137 positions in various classifications in the Correctional Officer series. There are currently 224 CO vacancies however the DOC is continuing to strengthen officer recruitment and retention efforts and will…

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