Officials: Interim Report shows progress in DOC after 2017 prison riot

DOVER, Del. - The Department of Correction is making progress, after officials say an independent review resulted in effective recommendations for the Delaware system.

Delaware Governor John Carney says on Thursday, progress has been made in the state's correctional facilities as a result of recommendations given in the independent review of security issues. This comes after the fatal 2017 prison riot and hostage situation that claimed the life of Lieutenant Steven Floyd at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

According to the report, some efforts that have already been made include installing dozens of cameras at JTVCC, which started last November, as well as a renewed focus on services for inmates, and additional training for many officers.

In a statement Gov. Carney says, " We are serious about implementing the recommendations of the Independent Review, and improving safety and security across our correctional system. We have more work ahead of us. Making lasting change won't happen in a few short months. But as this report indicates, we are making progress. Thank you to Claire DeMatteis for all of her hard work, to Commissioner Phelps, to all of our correctional officers, and to everyone at the Department of Correction for their work and dedication." 

47ABC will have more on this newly released interim report in the NewsHour.

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