Del. prison warden placed on leave after inmate uprising 

Department of Correction officials said that David Pierce, warden of James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, has been placed on paid leave


By Randall Chase
Associated Press

DOVER, Del. — The warden of a Delaware prison where inmates staged an uprising and hostage taking in which a prison guard was killed has been placed on leave.

Department of Correction officials said Tuesday that David Pierce, warden of James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, has been placed on paid leave.

In an April 6, 2016 photo, David Pierce, warden for James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, poses for a photo in his office in Smyrna, Del. (Jennifer Corbett/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)
In an April 6, 2016 photo, David Pierce, warden for James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, poses for a photo in his office in Smyrna, Del. (Jennifer Corbett/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)

DOC spokeswoman Jayme Gravell refused to say whether the move was related to the disturbance earlier this month in which four DOC staffers were taken hostage and one, correctional officer Steven Floyd, was killed. Two other correctional officers were released before tactical teams stormed the building and rescued a female counselor.

Gravell says deputy warden Phil Parker has been named acting warden at Vaughn, effective Monday.

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