Sanders’ criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation’s prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of color, addicts or the mentally ill. “We have a system […]

Letter to the Editor Kudos to correction succession

I have had the pleasure of being acquainted for decades with current Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps and also with his upcoming successor, Claire DeMatteis. As the former statewide Delaware DOC Prison Arts Program director for almost 15 years, our paths had crossed many times. In my opinion, both folks have been exceptional […]

Delaware correction commissioner Phelps to step down

DOVER — Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps announced Friday he’s stepping down as of July 15. No specific reason for the retirement was provided. “When I joined the Department of Correction, I only expected to stay for two years,” Mr. Phelps said in a statement. “I thought I would use my experience as […]