More workers quitting prison after fatal inmate uprising

DOVER, Del. - (AP) - More Delaware correctional officers are quitting in the wake of an inmate uprising in which a correctional officer was killed.

The Department of Correction said Wednesday that 18 correctional officers have resigned and 18 have submitted retirement paperwork since the Feb. 1 incident, an increase from 25 reported earlier this month.

The staff departures are in addition to 29 resignations reported by the prison's health care contractor.

The president of the Delaware correctional officers union said Wednesday that the number of staff departures is only going to rise, and that he expects another 15 to 20 correctional officers to leave in the next week or so.

Inmates took four DOC workers hostage last month, setting off a nearly 20-hour standoff during which correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed.

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