Fears including COVID prison outbreaks spark proposed task force

DOVER — After hearing from “dozens” of inmates and advocates, a state lawmaker hopes to file a resolution this week that would establish a task force to study how the Delaware Department of Correction is handling COVID-19. Rep. Sean Lynn, a Dover Democrat, said Monday he plans to officially introduce the measure soon in hopes […]

DOC to offer COVID-19 vaccination incentives

DOVER — Besides the potentially life-saving results, there’s several other incentives for inmates to receive free COVID-19 vaccine injections when they become available. Delaware Department of Correction inmates who receive both shots — spaced three to four weeks apart — will receive: • Five days of good time credits (for sentenced inmates who are eligible […]

NAACP, groups outline steps to curb COVID spread in Delaware prisons

WILMINGTON — Civil rights, labor rights and faith-based organizations sent a letter to Gov. John Carney Monday offering suggestions to address rapidly rising COVID-19 cases within Delaware’s correctional facilities. The correspondence proposed actions involving the Delaware Department of Correction system to include: • All DOC employees and contractors be required to test for COVID-19 at […]

Inmate COVID cases take big jump

SMYRNA — Positive COVID-19 cases at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center skyrocketed from 45 to 174 in a recent five-day span, according to an update Tuesday. The Delaware Department of Correction reported that 155 COVID-19-positive inmates at Vaughn were asymptomatic as of Tuesday morning and 19 were experiencing symptoms. The numbers were 21 and 24, […]

Two more youths at Stevenson House test positive for COVID

MILFORD — Two additional youths residing at Stevenson House Detention Center have tested positive for coronavirus, the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families announced Monday, bringing the total secure care youth cases to four. The department said it received the test results over the weekend and immediately initiated cleaning and notification protocol […]

Two youths at Stevenson House test positive for COVID

MILFORD — Two youths residing at Stevenson House Detention Center in Milford have tested positive for the coronaviurs. They are the first at secure care facilities since the COVID-19 pandemic started eight months ago. Once the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services received the positive youth test results on Friday, staff initiated cleaning and notification protocol […]

DOC announces new inmate COVID cases, including first at Baylor

The Delaware Department of Correction on Friday announced the first positive inmate COVID-19 tests at the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle, as well as additional inmate cases at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, near Smyrna. Recent tests have confirmed 45 inmates at Vaughn and 32 inmates at Baylor have coronavirus. After daily […]

Program aims to offer inmates college courses with tuition assistance

DOVER — Delaware announced a new partnership aimed at providing college-level instruction to inmates Thursday. The collaboration between the Department of Correction, the Department of Education and Delaware Technical Community College takes advantage of the Second Chance Pell Experiment, a federal initiative that lets incarcerated individuals with need-based federal Pell Grants enroll in postsecondary programs […]

Scanners aid prison contraband detection

SMYRNA — As the Delaware Department of Correction continues its drive to create a safer environment for those entering prison facilities and anyone held inside as well, correctional officers now have a new way to detect contraband. An investment in Millimeter Wave technology whole-body image scanners will hopefully pay dividends in stopping attempts to bring […]

Wound care treatment improving for inmates

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Correction said today that innovative wound care being provided by its correctional health care provider is showing promising results in improving treatment for inmates. Inmates have a wide variety of routine and recurring health care needs, and newly arriving inmates may have open and infected wounds from a variety […]

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