Delaware Public Media

Inmates connected to Vaughn riot end hunger strike

Jul 31, 2018

A hunger strike involving more than a dozen Delaware inmates ended Tuesday afternoon - over a day after it started.

The state Department of Correction confirmed 14 inmates who were refusing food at the Sussex Correctional Institute have started eating and taking medication as prescribed again.

 

"The demonstartion has ened," said Department of Correction spokeswoman Jayme Gravell in an email.

 

Earlier Tuesday, Gravell said the group started refusing food Monday morning at breakfast and security and medical staff would closely monitor the inmates involved and take appropriate action in accordance with DOC policy.

Gravell confirmed all 14 of the inmates were involved in the February 2017 riot  at the Vaughn Correctional Center.

 

Eighteen inmates were charged in the riot that killed Lt. Steven Floyd. Sixteen were charged with first-degree murder.