Vaughn Prison, site of deadly riot, gets new security system

The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center now has security camera recommendations implemented resulting from an Independent Review conducted following a riot and takeover that left a correctional officer dead, the Delaware Department of Correction announced Monday.

“The safety of staff and inmates is a priority at all DOC facilities,” said Commissioner Perry Phelps. “Without talented IT professionals and support from Governor [John] Carney and the legislature, this project would not have been possible. We could not be more thankful for their advocacy on behalf of our DOC family.” 

The organization said the Smyrna prison camera system work was accomplished 10 months ahead of schedule. The main entrance to the prison was renamed for murdered correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd just six days prior to the announcement.

The $2.5 million project was initiated in October 2017, months after the riot in February of that same year. More than 700 cameras and supporting infrastructure were installed in 14 months, and “significantly increases the safety and security of staff and inmates housed at JTVCC,” the DOC said. 

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