Report: Nurse’s actions ‘incompetent’ in Sussex inmate’s death

GEORGETOWN — A registered nurse’s supposed “incompetent” response prior to the 2016 death of an inmate brought a year’s license probation, according to a report issued by the Delaware Board of Nursing. The incident occurred on April 10, 2016, at the Sussex Community Corrections Center as Lisa Roseanne Peace was working an overnight shift, an […]

Chief of prisons reassigned, takes $28,000 pay cut

DOVER — Delaware Department of Correction Bureau Chief of Prisons, Steven Wesley, has been reassigned, said the agency. Effective Monday, Mr. Wesley will be moved over to Youth Rehabilitative Services as a professional standards administrator, according to DOC spokeswoman Jayme Gravell. The reason for the move is unclear, but it comes with a substantial $28,150 […]

Sound Off Delaware: Criminal justice reform

Readers reacted to a commentary by Rep. Sean Lynn headlined “New year, new session, new vision for reform.” • Hold the government accountable for all violations of law, including mishandling of evidence and especially misconduct of the police and prosecution. Open them up civilly. They work for ALL PEOPLE, now that an ERA is to […]

Commentary: New year, new session, new vision for criminal justice reform

The new year brings feelings of hope and optimism, and we make resolutions regarding our happiness, lifestyle and relationships. While there are a variety of reforms set to take place this session, such as improving access to voting and enshrining the historic Delaware Equal Rights Amendment in our state constitution, I am taking this time […]

Inmate acquitted for Feb. 1 riot, murder to sue state

DOVER — Deric Forney, an inmate recently found not guilty of participating in the 2017 Vaughn prison riot, has decided to sue the state, according to Dover attorney Stephen Hampton. In late October, Mr. Hampton announced a lawsuit against the state on behalf of more than 100 inmates housed in Vaughn prison’s C Building (the […]

Advocates question state’s autopsy reporting policy for prisoners

DOVER — Over the course of 2018, 14 inmates died in the Delaware Department of Correction’s care. With a prison population of over 5,000 inmates — many serving life sentences — this is an expected outcome. In 2016, the DOC reported 14 inmate deaths and in 2017, 10 more. However, beyond the names of the […]

Sound Off Delaware: Dog deaths, Prisoner transfer

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. Dog deaths While a record-breaking 1,181 pets — including 716 dogs and 465 cats — found their forever homes at the fifth Brandywine Valley SPCA’s Mega Adoption Event on Dec. 8 and […]

Sound Off Delaware: Prison abuse

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. Dover attorney Stephen Hampton on Wednesday accused the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) of negligent behavior that he believes led to the deaths of two inmates this month. In October, Mr. Hampton […]

Letter to the Editor: Lawsuit shines light on Del. prison abuses

A recent headline suggested that the class action lawsuit recently filed by Dover attorney, Stephen Hampton, added “complexity” to the ongoing criminal trials of several inmates concerning the death of corrections employee, Steven Floyd. We write to explain that this lawsuit, a massive case detailing many outrageous abuses against more than 100 inmates, seeking to […]

Letter to the Editor: Wrong move in sending Delaware inmates to Pennsylvania

Delaware has begun sending 330 inmates to Pennsylvania in an attempt to reduce the amount of over-time correctional officer’s work. This decision comes after the state spent more than $30 million in last year’s budget on overtime at the prisons. To reduce the overtime and make a safe environment at the prisons, the state would […]