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Head of Delaware corrections system stepping down

May 24, 2019

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The head of Delaware’s corrections system is stepping down after a brief tenure marked by a fatal prison riot, lawsuits alleging mistreatment of inmates, and chronic staffing and morale problems.

The Department of Correction issued a statement Friday saying Commissioner Perry Phelps plans to retire July 15.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after Gov. John Carney refused to say whether he still had confidence in Phelps following allegations that contract medical workers were falsifying inmate treatment records.

The announcement also came one day after the latest in a series of acquittals of inmates accused of participating in the fatal 2017 riot at Delaware’s maximum-security prison.

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