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Delaware Leaders Discussing Future of Building involved in Deadly Inmate Uprising

Posted: 08/03/2017 20:26:00 -04:00 Updated:
The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna. (WBOC/Chopper 16) The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna. (WBOC/Chopper 16)

DOVER, Del. -- The new warden of the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna said state leaders are discussing the future of a building seized by inmates in February during a hostage situation, in which a correctional officer was killed.

Warden Dana Metzger said during a recent interview with WBOC that various leaders like Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps have talked about what to do with the building, which was the site of an inmate uprising on Feb. 1 that saw the death of Correctional Officer Steven Floyd.

Despite calls from leaders with the union for Delaware correctional officers to tear the building down, Metzger, who took over as the new warden in July, cautioned that a decision wouldn't be made hastily about Building C.

"I know there's a lot of impatience; everybody wants to see something done, but boy if we get it wrong the first time we can't go back and make it right," he said.

Jayme Gravell, a spokeswoman for the Delaware Department of Correction, said she did not have information on the amount of damage done to Building C during or what immediate plans may be in store for the facility. A request to visit Building C could not be accomodated on Thursday, Gravell said.

Geoff Klopp, president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware, said he believes Building C should be torn down and replaced with a modernized building that can better hold inmates.

Wilmington Attorney Tom Neuberger, who is part of a team of lawyers representing the Floyd family in a lawsuit over the hostage situation, said Building C was long regarded as a dangerous place in Vaughn.

However, Neuberger said the question of why no one has been indicted yet in Floyd's death is far more concerning than the future of Building C. 

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