Inmates at JTVCC file lawsuit against state of Delaware for abuse after riot

DELAWARE – 47 ABC has learned about a new complaint filed by inmates at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

It comes at a time as the Vaughn uprising trial in Wilmington is going on. It alleges that inmates were tortured and mistreated before, the day of, and days following the riot.

We spoke with one of the lawyers representing the inmates, Stephen Hampton. Hampton says it’s a class action suit involving over 100 inmates suing multiple individuals employed by the state of Delaware, like Governor John Carney, as well as the Department of Corrections.

We’re told after the uprising, inmates, who say they weren’t apart of the riot and considered themselves as hostages, were beaten and tortured on February 2, 2018.

From there, conditions got worse. In the suit, there were also allegations of sexual assault.

47 ABC reached out to the Department of Corrections and the Governor’s Office. Both declined any sort of comment or statement. Both have said they do not make comment on active litigation.

Two plaintiffs have been removed from the list since they are currently criminal defendants in the Vaughn uprising trial.

We’re told a jury trial is demanded for this specific case.

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