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Independent reviewers releasing report on deadly prison riot

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2007 file photo, Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, Del., remains on lockdown following a disturbance. An independent review team is releasing its final report on a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking at Delaware's maximum-security prison. The report to be released Friday, Sept. 1, was ordered by Gov. John Carney after inmates seized a building at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in February and took several prison workers hostage, setting off a standoff lasting nearly 20 hours. (Suchat Pederson/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP, File)

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — An independent review team is releasing its final report on a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking at Delaware’s maximum-security prison.

The report to be released Friday was ordered by Gov. John Carney after inmates seized a building at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in February and took several prison workers hostage, setting off a standoff lasting nearly 20 hours.

Correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed before authorities used a backhoe to breach a wall and rescue a female counselor. Two other guards who were taken hostage had been released earlier after being tormented and beaten by inmates.

In a preliminary report released in June, the independent reviewers described the Vaughn facility as dangerously overcrowded, critically understaffed, and poorly run and managed.

A criminal investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

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