Three DOC inmates test positive for COVID-19

DOVER — Three Department of Correction inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first new inmate COVID-19 test results since May 21. These results come as the DOC has continued to employ its comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation strategy to guard against the spread of the novel coronavirus. The new inmate test results include: •One […]

State senator brokers donation of masks to Department of Correction

WILMINGTON — State Sen. Darius Brown, D-Wilmington, announced on Thursday the donation of 5,000 surgical masks to the Delaware Department of Correction. The masks were provided by the REFORM Alliance, a nonprofit criminal justice reform advocacy organization co-founded in part by rapper, songwriter, and activist Meek Mill and Philadelphia 76ers partner Michael Rubin. The masks […]

Delaware declines group’s donation of 4,600 masks, latest step in bizarre feud

DOVER — Delaware turned down an offer of several thousand masks from a private organization earlier this spring, believing the offer was not made in “good faith,” according to Gov. John Carney. Asked during a news conference Tuesday about an attempted donation of 4,600 protective masks from Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware, the governor acknowledged […]

Department of Correction to reopen prisons to visitors

DOVER — In-person inmate visitation will restart at Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) facilities Monday, June 29. Visits must be scheduled in advance directly through DOC facilities. Registration for visitations will begin Monday, June 22. In-person visitation has been suspended since March 11 as a precaution to protect inmates and staff as COVID-19 infection spread […]

Department of Corrections: 71 COVID-19 recoveries in 10 days

DOVER – The Delaware Department of Correction on Tuesday announced that 115 inmates have recovered from COVID-19, including 71 inmate who have recovered in the past 10 days. The recoveries come as the DOC said it continues an aggressive push to screen, sanitize, isolate and treat the illness across the state’s correctional system. “Currently, there […]

Panel sends Delaware inmate sex assault suit back to lower court

DOVER — A federal appeals court panel has overturned a judge’s ruling in favor of a Delaware prison guard accused of sexually assaulting an inmate during a pat down in 2014. The panel on Monday said the judge erred in granting summary judgment last year to Sgt. William Kuschel. Inmate DeShawn Drumgo claims that Kuschel […]

Vaughn inmate succumbs to non-COVID complications

SMYRNA – A 72-year-old James T. Vaughn Correctional Center inmate died Monday from non-COVID-19 complications of diabetes, hypertension and multiple prior strokes, authorities said. Timothy B. Harr had been receiving treatment at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus, since April 20, Department of Correction spokesman Paul Shavack said. Routine hospital COVID-19 test results were negative, according to […]

Commentary: Swift action required on COVID-19 in prisons

By Javonne Rich and Joe Amon COVID-19 is in our prisons. Delaware’s Department of Correction announced the first positive test of an incarcerated individual on April 7, 2020, and that number has ballooned to 47 inmates, as well as 27 correctional officers and three contract workers across three different facilities (as of this writing). Two […]

Vaughn Correctional Center receives COVID-19 testing equipment

DOVER — On Tuesday, the Delaware Department of Correction announced the availability of specialized on-site processing equipment to secure rapid testing results of the coronavirus at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. The DOC said it partnered with the Delaware Division of Pubic Health to allow its health care personnel to administer and process the tests. […]

Speak Out: No reason to release prisoners

There’s no plan to expedite inmate releases as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Delaware’s prison facilities are now operating at less than 75% capacity, according to the Department of Correction. COVID-19 largely has been limited to a minimum security housing unit at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center and there’s ample space to handle more cases, the […]