17 people are currently on trial in Delaware for their alleged participation in a prison uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on February 1, 2017.
One defendant, Jarreau Ayers, gives a breakdown in this video about how the state is trying to bury evidence and railroad the defendants in this trial. The defendants, known as the Vaughn 17, resisted prison conditions. In the lead up to the trial, they rejected deals offered by the prosecution to testify against each other. One defendant, Kelly Gibbs, took his own life and in his suicide note, claimed full responsibility for the actions during the uprising, while exonerating his co-defendants. However the court will not allow the note to be used as evidence.
Ayers says: “The majority of the victims of this mischievious court are overwhlemingly minority and lower class citizens when based off ethnicity and economic standards. The subterfuge of vicious, unrelenting racist and classist attacks at times are so subtle that they have the ability to be overlooked and unconsciously accepted by its victims and its future victims.”