(PPN) – James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) in Delaware has been on lock-down for over 12 hours. Prisoners in the Charlie Building held guards, other inmates, and one staff member hostage Wednesday morning. A local newspaper, News Journal, received a call later that day from a lady stating to be the fiancé of one of the inmates being held hostage.
After that, a voice told reporters “I’m just doing what I’m being told to. I’m just trying to help, ma’am. They just need somebody to hear their demands.” The man would not give his name because he said he was instructed not to.
The prisoners made a second call requesting prison reform and better educational and rehabilitation programs. One stated that Donald Trump will make the institution worse. Also, they want information on the budget plan showing how the money is allocated.
By 2:25 p.m., one guard was released and another 3 hours later with non-life threatening injuries. They continued to let more go as the staff member and 27 inmates were released just before 8 p.m. Although hostages are being freed, this is not the institute’s first hostage incident.
In 2014, an inmate at JTVCC held a counselor hostage for 7 hours before he was shot and killed.
Negotiators are hoping to end this standoff peacefully but as of midnight they continue to communicate via radio and have insisted on not giving the inmates their demands until all hostages are released.