DE prisons on lockdown, smoke reported at facility

Calvin SaundersFeb 02, 2017

Inmates at a DE maximum-security prison have taken over the building and are taking guards hostage, local news outlets reported on Wednesday.

Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.

"The inmates have control of the building", Klopp said.

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Convicted serial rapist Scott A. Miller had somehow passed through two security checkpoints before using a homemade knife to take hostage a prison counselor, and sexually assaulted her during a seven-hour ordeal.

The prison is houses 2,5000 inmates make it Delaware's largest correctional facility for men since opening in 1971.

Inmates at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna had taken over the building, state lawmaker William Carson told Delaware Public Media.

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Jayme Gravell, a spokesperson for DOC, said an emergency situation was reported at the Smyrna prison late this morning.

The lockdown at the Level 5 James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JVTCC) in Smyrna caused all DE prisons to be put on lockdown. The lockdown also covers the Howard Young Correctional Facility in Wilmington, the Baylor Women's Facility in New Castle, and the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown.

An attorney for the union representing guards at a DE prison says at least four guards and one counselor have been taken hostage by inmates.

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