In Wake of Prison Riot, Delaware Gov. John Carney Signing Bills on Prison Safety - NBC 10 Philadelphia

In Wake of Prison Riot, Delaware Gov. John Carney Signing Bills on Prison Safety

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    An investigation into the deadly riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware revealed on Friday details that some officials say could have prevented the tragedy. NBC10's George Spencer explains.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 1, 2017)

    Gov. John Carney is signing two bills aimed at improving security within Delaware prisons.

    One measure to be signed Friday makes it a felony for an inmate to recklessly injure a correctional officer or prison worker or recklessly hit them with urine, feces or other bodily fluids. Under current law, such acts must be intentional for an inmate to be convicted of a felony carrying mandatory prison time.

    The other bill expands the list of felony-level contraband prohibited in prisons to include any illegal narcotic or look-alike substance, any prescription medicine, any unapproved electronic device, and any item that could be used to facilitate an escape.

    Both bills were introduced after a February riot and hostage-taking at Delaware's maximum-security prison in which a prison guard was killed.