FILE - In a Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, Del., remains on lockdown following a disturbance. A building at Delaware's maximum-security prison that was the site of a deadly inmate riot and hostage-taking last year will be torn down, officials said Monday, July 16, 2018. Demolition of the C Building at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is expected to begin this fall, Department of Correction officials said in a news release. The building has been vacant since February 2017, when inmates rioted, taking three staffers hostage and killing correctional officer Steven Floyd. (Suchat Pederson/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP, File)

AP Exclusive: Survivor says officials responsible for riot

July 16, 2018 - 5:32 pm

HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) — A state corrections counselor who was taken hostage during a deadly riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison says prison officials are to blame.

Sixty-eight-year-old Patricia May says officials saw signs of trouble brewing but ignored them. She says that less than an hour before the February 2017 riot broke out, she had expressed fears to a colleague that she might be killed inside the prison.

May recounted her experience to The Associated Press on Friday in her first public interview about the ordeal.

The retired counselor says inmates are sorely in need of better conditions, counseling and programs, and that officials need to take suggested reforms seriously.

On Tuesday, Gov. John Carney and corrections officials will release a final report on efforts to implement 41 recommendations from an independent review team.