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 […]

Prison report calls for better patient health management

  DOVER — The Delaware Department of Correction needs to improve its patient management, among other priorities, based on a recently completed independent assessment of the prisons’ “sick call” process. Correction officials said Wednesday, the study — performed by National Conference on Correctional Health Care, Resources Inc. — noted the following findings: •The grievance process […]

Authorities seize drugs, cell phones mailed to prison

SMYRNA — Investigation continues into the source and destination of an unusually large amount of illegal drug and cellphone contraband that was mailed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center late last month, officials said Thursday. On April 24, over seven ounces of marijuana and three cellphones were found in a suspicious package mailed to the […]

State’s probation officers rally to push for pay increases

  DOVER — Probation officer Gavin Bethell, 39, of Wilmington, has a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and a master’s degree in organizational leadership. But he still has to work almost 30 hours of overtime per week to support his family. He says his work in probation is dangerous and stressful, and the overtime he […]

Department of Correction graduates 225th academy class

DOVER — Twenty cadets graduated from the 225th Correctional Employee Initial Training Academy of the Delaware Department of Correction on Friday, said the agency. The cadets were subsequently assigned to facilities throughout the state. The 11-week training program focuses on a professional development curriculum critical to developing the skills of correctional staff in achieving the […]

DOC academy class largest in three years

DOVER — After graduating the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security high school, Mikkaela Lee, 20, of Newark, knew she wanted to go to college for criminal psychology, but she wasn’t sure how to get there. When she came across Delaware Department of Correction recruiters at a job fair though, the door to her […]

DOC looking to high schools for new recruits

DOVER — The Department of Correction will offer its first ever “youth academy” to the state’s high schoolers in July. The free three-day academy will give students a crash course on the role the DOC plays in criminal justice, familiarize them with the responsibilities of various roles within the agency and leave the students certified […]

DOC offers bonuses in campaign to hire correctional officers

  DOVER — Delaware’s Department of Correction announced a new $3,000 recruitment and $1,000 referral incentive program for correctional officers on Tuesday. Effective immediately, new recruits and existing employees making referrals will collect the bonuses in two payments said the agency’s spokeswoman Jayme Gravell. “When a new cadet graduates from the academy, they’ll get $1,500, […]