I work at another institution now, but I spent a year up at JTVCC and it's a shit hole. Inmates run the place, the administration is weak, and it's gotten worse over the years. Throw in how severely understaffed we are and it's a pretty dangerous situation. Our union has been pointing to staffing for years and Delaware legislators continued to ignore us, continued to tell us they'd given us all the help they can.
We've got a dead officer, Steven Floyd. We had two other staff members beaten with mop ringers and seriously hurt, despite the Governor trying to downplay those injuries. We also had a 78 year old female counselor in the building who was extremely shaken up, but from what we've heard wasn't seriously harmed. There had been strikes and demonstrations by inmates for at least the last year, but the administration refused to bring any serious punishment to the inmates. They refused to move them to higher security buildings. They didn't even fucking break the group of trouble inmates up. What they did do was pull the day shift building sergeant about 6 months ago and replace him with Sergeant Floyd, who was known for being a strict, by the books type of officer. Floyd was targeted specifically because he refused to give into these inmates over those last 6 months. He was killed because our administration repeatedly gave inmates slaps on the wrist for things that should be major security concerns. I feel for Floyd's family, and the survivors of this incident and their families as well...
On a side note, there was a handful of former inmates and a BLM associated group out of Baltimore out in front of the prison protesting today to show solidarity with the inmates. Let that soak in.
That man did his job day in and day out, and on the day of the takeover saved the lives of fellow officers by warning them of the trap inmates had set. He paid the price for it.