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Delaware DoC Aims to Improve Prison Healthcare With Independent Review

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The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. is shown Feb. 1, 2017, the date when a deadly inmate riot started. (Photo: AP) The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. is shown Feb. 1, 2017, the date when a deadly inmate riot started. (Photo: AP)

DOVER, Del. --- Delaware's Department of Correction is set to have its medical and behavioral healthcare in prisons reviewed by the state's largest hospital system.

DoC officials this week announced Christiana Care Health System would be conducting the review. The study will be conducted at no charge to the state.

The move comes at a time when the state attorney general's office is investigating allegations that DOC's medical contractor, Connections Community Support Programs, had ordered staffers to forge documents to falsely state inmates were getting mental health treatment they never received.

Connections also faces a number of lawsuits regarding healthcare rendered in Delaware prisons.

Delaware's prison system as a whole has been under significant scrutiny since a 2017 inmate uprising at the state's only maximum security prison, which left a correctional officer dead.

The review by Christiana Care was requested by new DoC commissioner Claire DeMatteis, who was handpicked by Gov. John Carney (D) to spearhead efforts to reform the Vaughn prison following the 2017 riot.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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