Late DOC inmate’s family files lawsuit claiming abuse

DOVER — The family of an inmate who died after being found hanging two years ago has filed a lawsuit citing the alleged disregard of mental health, abuse and safety concerns during a two-year period. Darius Sarro was supposedly subjected to constant “terror and torture” before dying while being held at Morris Community Corrections Center […]

DOC shuffles prison health care leadership

DOVER — The Department of Correction announced a change in leadership for its health care section on Tuesday. Marc Richman, who has spent the past four years as chief of the Bureau of Correctional Healthcare Service, “will depart the agency to pursue opportunities consistent with his career-long interest in promoting best practices in healthcare,” according […]

Commentary: Jailing nonviolent offenders costly to taxpayers

Folks, we all know by now that our criminal justice system is sucking in billions of our tax dollars every year, is not reducing crime in any significant way, and is deeply flawed. But this article caught my attention as “beyond crazy”! Just open the article and see the kinds of “crimes” these people are […]

Commentary: Let’s get serious in addressing recidivism

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We’re through another legislative session, and besides making it easier for adults to get their criminal record sealed; what did we accomplish toward addressing recidivism? To quote the main sponsor, “this legislation helps to create a fair criminal justice system for all and much more— this is a jobs bill that will create safer communities […]

Speak Out: Recidivism rankings

Delaware is among the worst states for recently released inmates, according to a recent study by the PrisonEd Foundation — a Utah-based inmate advocacy group. In the study, released in late July, Delaware was noted as second only to Alaska in terms of being the least “friendly” to former inmates. However, five states (Georgia, Hawaii, […]

DOC seeks Dover man after walkaway

DOVER — A 21-year-old Dover man is sought after failing to return to Morris Community Correctional Center from an approved job seeking pass. The Delaware Department of Correction said Kyree Robinson’s whereabouts were unknown and unauthorized. A warrant for escape after conviction was issued. Robinson was described as a 5-foot-7, 160-pound black male with brown […]

DOC graduates second annual Youth Academy group

DOVER — Twelve young men and women graduated from the Delaware Department of Correction’s second Youth Academy last week. According to the DOC, the five-day program allowed the teens to learn about the criminal justice system and interact with various correctional employees. The program provided a crash course on the demands of various law enforcement […]

Speak Out: Criminal justice reform

Readers responded to a story on the House passing criminal justice reforms this week. • If a teenager commits a crime no matter if it’s robbery or murder he/she should be treated like an adult! If research shows that the brain isn’t developed until 25 why are men/women considered adults at 21? Why are 18 […]

Commentary: Delaware must do better with its correctional system

You have to know justice before you can provide justice. In other words: “No justice, if you don’t know justice.” And, when we know better, we’ll do better. After a couple of years of observation, investigation and advocating, I have reached the conclusion that the challenges and problems in the Delaware correctional system are directly […]

DOC Commissioner Phelps to step down: Vaughn riot, lawsuits, staffing issues plagued brief tenure

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 […]