UPDATE: DOC partners with NCCHC for assessment of inmate services after 2017 prison riot

Officials say the Delaware Department of Correction is partnering with a national organization in efforts to make improvements including health services for inmates during the review process at a Smyrna prison. This update comes after a fatal prison hostage situation happened last February.

The Delaware DOC says on Wednesday, they are partnering with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to improve health care inside James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

The following was outlined as their objectives:

-Evaluate and give feedback on health services for inmates.
-Assess policies and procedures in relation to things like non-emergency sick calls.
-And review the process that happens when outside health experts are called to visit the prison.

Officials say the Delaware DOC plans to hire an independent agency to make recommendations for improving the inmate grievance process. Updates on these initiatives will be included in a July 2018 public report, according to officials.

In December, the State of Delaware reached a $7.55 Million settlement with 11 plaintiffs who were impacted by the 2017 prison riot.

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