The Delaware courts have issued guilty verdicts for two of the defendants of the first trial group for the Vaughn 17. One person, Dwayne Staats, was found guilty of murder, Jarreau Ayers was found guilty of kidnapping and assault, and Deric Forney was found not guilty of all charges.
We will be writing to these defendants this week to send them some love.
About the Vaughn Uprising:
On Feb. 2, 2017, a riot occurred at Delaware’s James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Building C. The Vaughn 17 were protesting for very basic improvements, which had been routinely ignored. After a 20 hour stand off, the prison bulldozed their barricades and accused 17 of the incarcerated with outlandish offenses. On October 8th, the trial for the Vaughn 17 began for a first trial group.
Throughout the trial, the defendants stood strong in their solidarity and did not implicate each other. In light of this prisoner-led anti-slavery campaign, the Vaughn 17 is proudly poised as an important voice and example in this movement.