Commentary: Let’s address recidivism realistically

Attorney General Kathy Jennings suggested that reforms in our justice system addressing current laws, stack charging and the sentencing guidelines would improve our recidivism rate. However, addressing our mass probation system would improve our recidivism more quickly and more dramatically than any other choice. In our small state of Delaware there are about 17,000 people […]

Letter to the Editor: Distrust of international courts

Dr. Hoff is out of step with facts on the ground. (“America must become member of International Criminal Court” Commentary, May 1) There is a new sheriff in town. And he refuses to jettison national sovereignty in favor of unaccountable international courts and unduly elected judges. Compare the TPP, which was a similar effort to […]

Commentary: America must become member of International Criminal Court

For Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019, the United States should move to sign and ratify membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC’s purpose is consistent with American traditions and values and its performance is consonant with other international bodies which the U.S. interacts with. The history of the ICC dates to post-World War I […]

Commentary: Facts matter when changing Delaware laws

The majority party in Delaware has enough votes in the House and the Senate to put through any legislation, whether or not it is constituent driven or constituent approved. This leaves Delaware families and victims at their mercy. Very rarely is the victim mentioned when speaking of reform, and we need to make sure that […]

Bill would allow more people to get criminal records sealed

DOVER — In 2009, Corie Priest pleaded guilty to selling marijuana and was sentenced to two years in jail. When he got out, he thought his life would return to the way it was before. He was wrong — very wrong. “In retrospect, I didn’t understand my plea,” Mr. Priest recalled Wednesday. “I didn’t understand […]

Allred: Tape appears to show R. Kelly sexually abusing girls

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who said he was cleaning out an old videotape collection found what he thought was a recording of R&B singer R. Kelly in concert, but instead turned out to show a man who appeared to be Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said Sunday. The man then […]

Letter to the Editor: Sentencing guidelines

I read a recent article regarding new sentencing guidelines issued by the attorney general in Delaware. The article states that Attorney General Jennings believes that overabundant and redundant minimum mandatory sentences lead the poor and “traditionally underrepresented” to re-offend once released from jail. Really? Perhaps we should consider that the re-offenders are just looking for […]

Board recommends commutation for convicted killer in ’82 murder of Dover liquor store owner

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DOVER — A man serving life in prison without parole for the 1982 robbery and murder of a Dover liquor store owner should have his sentence commuted and be made immediately eligible for parole, Delaware’s Board of Pardons ruled Thursday. The recommendation came after board members heard from Tyrone R. Baxter, his supporters and the […]

Speak Out: Criminal justice reform

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings said Monday she has outlined reforms aimed at providing a more “fair and equal” criminal justice system for the state. • This is part of Delaware’s ongoing effort to decriminalize criminal behavior, endanger our communities and empty the institutions. Nowhere in here will you see any reference to criminals being […]

Courts in Kent and Sussex counties announce convictions

DOVER — A 52-year-old Dover man was sentenced to five years after a 2018 crash that injured two pedestrians, the Delaware Department of Justice said Friday in a news release announcing several recent Superior Court convictions. Following incarceration, William S. Smith will then serve six months of home confinement or work release, and then probation […]