I really appreciate this article on the Vaughn prison rebellion, and especially for calling attention to the demands of the inmates. I’m a Delawarean, and all social media commentary on the event has been along the lines of ‘it’s prison, not vacation’, denial that inhumane conditions exist, and assumption that every inmate has perpetrated crimes against victims and therefore deserve the circumstances of their detention. I responded to a friend’s post, as I enjoy discussion (not trolling) that aside from the Trump rant, the the inmates’ demands were reasonable, and valid concerns as taxpayers and citizens of free society that some of these inmates will be returning. I was called a socialist. Whatever. It’s not lost on me that a corrections officer, more importantly a beloved husband, father, and grandfather was killed, and my heart goes out to his family. He was a 16 year veteran, and while the public will never be privy to any possible history of disciplinary action or negative interactions with inmates, I tend to doubt there is any because according to a local attorney for inmates, the newer and younger officers seem to be driving the complaints. I read that the union head is blaming the ACLU and our previous governor Jack Markell for expanding the “freedoms” of inmates. Notably, the DE branch of the ACLU has said absolutely nothing about the rebellion; I have little confidence that they are making any effort to follow up on the “end of solitary confinement as we know it” landmark settlement from a few months ago. The inmates may not have a full understanding of government powers, but union thugs-er- representatives know full well that the budgetary shortfalls, which is the underlying cause for corrections officers and inmates alike, are the fault of our local legislators. Funny, an awful lot of our state legislators are retired police officers, people who should understand the importance of proper funding for the prison. Markell is no shining beacon of exemplary governorship, and Carney is just Markell 2.0, Carney has called for an independent investigation. I’m not sure what the purpose of an independent investigation is, but I will delude myself with pleasant thoughts that after addressing the officer’s killers, it will be to get all of the prison’s needs met.