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 […]

State touts decline of solitary confinement

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Correction said Monday it has ended solitary confinement as a disciplinary measure in prisons. The change, made as part of the agency’s focus on using “modern evidence-based practices” to create safer environments for inmates and employees, will still hold inmates accountable for dangerous behavior. At the same time, it […]

Wilmington farm that trains former prisoners gets visit from US Cabinet officials Carson, Barr

WILMINGTON — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Attorney General William Barr Attorney visited Second Chances Farm on Monday morning and left Delaware impressed. The business employs persons released from prison, offering a 16-week training program covering hydroponic farming, followed by a yearlong Entrepreneur-In-Residence program. Second Chances Farm is the first commercial, […]

Delaware DOC unveils new Intelligence Operations Center

DOVER — Could the deadly inmate uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center been avoided if the new Intelligence Operation Center was in place before Feb. 1-2, 2017? “Without a doubt,” Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Claire DeMatteis said Thursday at a news conference unveiling the facility that’s now officially open. “At the core of […]

Delaware Department of Correction veterans promoted to major

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Correction announced Friday that Sussex Correctional Institution Capt. Marvella Wise and James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Staff Lt. Jason Schaffer have been promoted to the rank of major at their respective facilities. Both promotions are effective today. In their new positions, Maj. Wise and Maj. Schaffer will serve as […]

Delaware DOC reports probation numbers are decreasing

DOVER — Probation rates have steadily declined for the last seven years, according to the Delaware Department of Correction, but significant challenges continue. The department released a 14-page report Monday covering the current state of probation and parole operations in the First State. Although 77% of probation terms ended successfully in fiscal year 2019, there […]

ACLU of Delaware outlines needed prison changes

WILMINGTON — Calling for an overhaul of the state’s probation system, the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware released a 52-page report today on its current impact and what changes could significantly reduce its prison population and save millions of dollars. Delaware has the eighth highest rate of probationers within its populace nationally, ACLU of […]

Past DOC results part of current COVID numbers

DOVER — Delaware’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases increased to 16,340 as past test results reported by the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) were recently processed into the Delaware Division of Public Health’s (DPH) surveillance system. The DPH announced 82 new cases in its daily update on Friday, for data as of Thursday at […]

Killer dies in prison after testing positive for COVID

DOVER (AP) — A convicted killer serving two life sentences for a 1982 double murder has died after testing positive for COVID-19, Delaware prison officials said Wednesday. Authorities said Jackie R. Lovett, 71, died Wednesday at a Dover hospital of complications from hypothyroidism and COVID. Lovett was tested for COVID-19 on July 5 as part […]

350 inmates recover from COVID

DOVER — The Department of Correction announced this week 350 inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 in July have recovered. Three hundred thirty of those inmates are from the Sussex Correctional Institution, which saw a major outbreak last month. All 20 inmates have also recovered from a cluster of cases at Morris Community Corrections Center […]