DOC announces two more positive coronavirus cases

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Correction Wednesday announced two additional positive COVID-19 test results: Officials say an inmate at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna is part of a housing unit that has been carefully monitored by health care workers for the past week, with temperature checks two times a day. It is […]

Letter to the Editor: Pardon doctors, other health care workers

Letters to the Editor

I specialize in applications for pardons, clemency and commutation of sentences. In most states, the process to get a pardon takes from 14 to 24 months, and in the federal system, even longer. In this time of national emergency, I call upon all governors and legislatures as necessary, to change laws to expedite the pardon […]

Vaughn inmate workers switch gears to make face masks

SMYRNA — Prisoners at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center are doing their part to help support the First State’s COVID-19 response. This week, three dozen inmates working in the prison’s garment shop began producing cotton face masks for the correctional system and first responders. These Department of Correction employed inmates normally cut and sew material […]

DOC suspends all on-site programming

DOVER – The Delaware Department of Correction today announced that, effective immediately, it has suspended all on-site programming in its facilities as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Today’s announcement follows restrictions announced on March 22 for on-site program volunteers who are over the age of 60 or have an underlying health condition that […]

Department of Correction got a head start on screening for coronavirus

DOVER — Always looking for infectious disease threats, the Delaware Department of Correction began screening for coronavirus in January. The annual flu season had already engaged screening protocols for staff, volunteers and inmates related and potential symptoms. Once coronavirus began to spread in China, DOC expanded screening of inmates at intake for recent travel outside […]

First Corrections Citizens Academy to meet

DOVER – The Department of Correction Tuesday announced the launch of its first Corrections Citizens Academy to run on Wednesday nights from April 22 through May 20. This five-week program is designed to familiarize community members with the operations of Delaware’s largest law enforcement agency and provide insight into how the DOC achieves its dual […]

DOC changing health services, ending contract with Connections

DOVER — In an effort to improve prison medical services, the state ended its contract with Connections three months early and hired a new firm that officially will take over April 1. Department of Correction Commissioner Claire DeMatteis said Monday the change will come with a higher price tag, but that will bring more staff […]

New program helps Delaware inmates attain GED

SMYRNA — Nearly all offenders are released from prison at some point in their lives. Just under 30 percent of the maximum security inmates have a high school diploma. That doesn’t bode well for sustained life on the outside. Without the tools to earn an honest living, ex-convicts may soon re-offend and rejoin the prison […]

Delaware Department of Correction announces promotions

DOVER — Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Claire DeMatteis announced Tuesday the promotion of James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Warden Dana Metzger to statewide responsibilities as warden of the Department’s Special Operations Group. Also, Commissioner DeMatteis named Sussex Correctional Institution Warden Robert May to lead JTVCC. Mr. May, a 27-year DOC veteran, is DOC’s most […]

Inmates show off their culinary skills: Tasty treats top well-known chef in bakeoff

SMYRNA — Well-known chef Robbie Jester wants a rematch. His cooking foes are probably fine with that. Good-natured competition was the theme inside James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Thursday morning. An inmate-concocted chocolate meringue cake bested Mr. Jester’s cinnamon roll with pumpkin butter and salted caramel in a morning bakeoff. Warden Dana Metzger was among […]