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UPDATED VIDEO: Guards Held Hostage at US Maximum Security Prison

All Delaware prisons have been placed on lockdown after reports of an emergency situation at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. The state Department of Corrections said the incident involves inmates taking guards hostage.

Rep. William Carson, a member of the Delaware House Corrections Committee, said he had been told it was an “apparent hostage situation.”
“The inmates have taken over a building,” he said to Dalaware News Journal.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jayme Gravell told the News Journal that state police and DOC response teams were called in to deal with the hostage situation.

This is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public, Gravell said, noting that a statewide lockdown was DOC policy.


Known as the JTVCC, the prison houses some 2,500 inmates in minimum, medium and maximum security sections. It is also serves as the pre-trial detention center for Kent County, Delaware.

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