SOU[ND OFF DELAWARE: Demolition of C Building

This is your public forum. We welcome your opinions, which can be emailed to newsroom@newszap.com or posted online under the stories at www.DelawareStateNews.net. C Building in James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has sat vacant since the inmate uprising that left Lt. Steven Floyd dead there on Feb. 1 2017. However, it’s now slated for demolition, […]

Sussex Community Corrections Center offender flees into wooded area

GEORGETOWN — A 29-year-old Greenwood man fled from Sussex Community Corrections Center staff supervision into a wooded area Tuesday, the Delaware Department of Corrections said. According to the DOC, William Shelton was performing community service near Adams Road at the time. A search ensued and a warrant for escape after conviction was issued. Shelton was […]

AP exclusive: Survivor blames officials for prison riot

HOCKESSIN — Patricia May had a feeling of dread when she reported to work at Delaware’s maximum-security prison last year. For months, May had been concerned about her safety after being assigned to C Building at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in late 2016. As she walked to her office on Feb. 1, […]

Founder of Interfaith Mission nominated for parole board

DOVER — When an unexpected call from the governor’s office arrived recently, Herb Konowitz was ready and quite able to do his duty. A longtime advocate for the homeless and a founder of the Dover Interfaith Mission, the 81-year-old Mr. Konowitz was well suited to join the Delaware Board of Parole, pending state Senate confirmation. […]

Vaughn prison staffing study: 137 more officers needed

DOVER — Results from a long-awaited staffing study conducted at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna show that the prison needs nearly 150 correctional officers to function at an optimal staff. According to the Department of Correction’s Department Staffing Analysis Team (DSAT), 137 additional correctional officers are recommended for the state’s largest maximum security […]

Seaford offender fails to return to SCCC

GEORGETOWN — A 26-year-old Seaford man was sought after failing to return from an approved work pass from Sussex Community Corrections Center Tuesday, the Delaware Department of Correction said. The DOC said Rodney Leonard’s whereabouts were unknown and unauthorized. A warrant for escape after conviction was issued. Leonard was described as a 6-foot, 200-pound black […]

COMMENTARY: Honoring a father: Lt. Steven Floyd

Like many in Delaware and around the country, I felt incredibly blessed to have been able to celebrate Father’s Day this month surrounded by family. In a world where there is much darkness, the beautiful light that comes from the love of our children, parents and those we care about, illuminates and guides us daily […]

Police: 5 inmates involved in case of accused correction officer

GEORGETOWN — At least five inmates participated in an alleged scheme that resulted in the arrest of a veteran Delaware Department of Correction officer on official misconduct charges last week, authorities said Wednesday. Delaware State Police said an investigation continued in the case of Corey C. Davis, 47, an officer at Sussex Correctional Institution. Police […]

Accused correctional officer’s employment status to be determined

GEORGETOWN — Officials said a veteran correctional officer was removed from the workplace without pay last week following his arrest on official misconduct charges. Delaware Department of Correction spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said the employment status of Corey C. Davis, 47, hired by DOC on May 25, 2000, will be determined after an internal hearing concludes. […]

Sussex correctional officer accused of receiving bribe

GEORGETOWN — A 47-year-old correctional officer was arrested on official misconduct charges last week after investigation into alleged incidents at Sussex Correctional Institution, police said Monday. According to Delaware State Police, Corey C. Davis, of Delmar, allegedly received a bribe involving inmates and family members, among other charged offenses, while working at the facility at […]