Delaware Inmate Families Concerned About Relatives' Safety

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Delaware Inmate Families Concerned About Relatives' Safety

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A number of people who have family members incarcerated in Delaware prisons said they are concerned about the well-being of their their relatives who are inmates following a hostage situation at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center that left one correctional officer dead.

Several relatives of inmates in prisons are having difficulty reaching relatives. Earlier this month, Lieutenant Steven Floyd died after an inmate uprising that also saw him and three other people taken hostage.

Connie Runyon said she has not heard from her son since the hostage situation.

She said her son said he and other inmates were protecting a counselor who was among the four hostages taken during the situation.

"I just want to be able to talk to him. I just want to hear him say 'I'm alright, mom.' That's all I want," she said.

Jayme Gravell, a spokeswoman for the Delaware Department of Correction, said Vaughn remained on lockdown though a strict statewide lockdown policy though wardens may impose restrictions on inmates' privileges, depending on the individual involved and the circumstances.