Prisons across the state of Delaware have been placed on lockdown, after an uprising at the prison in Smyrna, DE. Several prison guards have been taken hostage at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, which is the state’s maximum security prison facility.
It is currently an emergency situation.
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Geoffrey Klopp, president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware, said he was told by the Department of Correction commissioner that prison guards had been taken hostage at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. According to CBS affiliate WBOC, Klopp said he had been told by the DOC commissioner that “three to five correctional officers have been taken hostage and the inmates have control of the building.”
The DOC said in a statement to CBS News they are responding along with state police to a hostage situation. The statement did not elaborate on who had been taken hostage or how many hostages were reported.
A DOC spokeswoman said only that an emergency situation was reported at the Smyrna prison late Wednesday morning. The facility was placed on lockdown, as were all prisons in the state per DOC policy. Spokeswoman Jayme Gravell provided few details but described the situation as an isolated incident, adding that there was no threat to the public.