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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Department of Correction officials say more than a dozen Delaware inmates charged in a fatal prison riot last year staged a brief hunger strike this week.

Officials say 14 inmates at Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown began refusing meals at breakfast on Monday.

Department spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said in an email Tuesday evening that the demonstration had ended, and that the all of the involved inmates had eaten and taken their medication as prescribed.

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The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna is suffering from a shortage of both correctional officers and nurses.

That is the conclusion of a review done in the wake of the 2017 inmate uprising that left one correctional officer dead.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the review that found a combination of a poor electronic records system and too few health professional have resulted in delayed care and missed appointments.

In addition, correction officers are working overtime at least once or twice every two weeks.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Delaware corrections officials say a 67-year-old inmate serving a life sentence for attempted murder and other charges has died at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

A news release Tuesday from the Department of Correction says Ray Lewis of Wilmington was pronounced dead Sunday evening. The department says foul play is not suspected.

Lewis' sentence began in 1979. The original charges he faced were attempted first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, first-degree burglary and attempted theft.

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The Delaware Department of Correction is now looking at breaking through the $30 million mark when it comes to overtime.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that’s a 37.7 percent increase over the $22.2 million for additional overtime in the last fiscal year.

Understaffing has been blamed for the uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center that took the life of one prison guard.

The News Journal report that many are saying the tensions inside the state’s prisons are rising again.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge says an inmate who claims he is severely mentally ill may have legitimate claims of alleged mistreatment by Delaware prison officials.

The judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Juan Restrepo, who is serving 30 years for murder at Vaughn Correctional Center.

But the judge said Restrepo would be allowed to a file an amended complaint alleging that officials have failed to properly treat him and other mentally ill inmates since a riot at Vaughn last year in which a prison guard was killed and three other staffers taken hostage.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state of Delaware has spent more than $370,000 defending two former governors and a half dozen current and former prison officials against a federal lawsuit filed after a deadly inmate uprising last year.

The sum was reported by Delaware's Office of Management and Budget in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Delaware State News.

Correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd was killed and three other prison staffers were taken hostage during the February 2017 uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say they have spent nearly $185,000 in overtime pay and helicopter costs related to the emergency response to a deadly inmate uprising last year and ensuing investigation.

The accounting of costs came in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Delaware State News

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Lt. Steven Floyd was honored at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center where he was killed during an inmate uprising around a year ago.

In the falling rain Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps described Floyd as someone who “cared about giving people a voice and for standing up for what is right.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he added, “Floyd stood up during times of challenge and controversy. He stood with integrity.”


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are hiring independent experts to review inmate access to health care and the prisoner grievance system in the wake of a deadly inmate riot and hostage taking last year at the state's maximum-security prison.

The outside reviews are in response to recommendations in an independent review of the February 2017 uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.


Attorneys for former Governor Jack Markel have asked that a judge to postpone a hearing on the federal lawsuit filed by the family of slain correctional officer Steven Floyd.

They had been scheduled to argue for dismissal in the case that resulted from the 18-hour standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Institution in February.