Delaware Department of Correction Looking for Absconder

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The Delaware Department of Correction is looking for an offender from the Sussex Community Corrections Center who walked away from a community service/work crew detail in the Georgetown area. Efforts to find Matthew Lawson are underway. Here is the information on him… Date of walk-away: 12/15/2022 Name: Matthew Lawson Date of Birth: 08/19/1983 Last known…

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Del. Inmate Charged With Attacking 2 Correctional Officers

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An inmate at Delaware’s largest prison has been charged with assaulting two correctional officers with an improvised weapon. Delaware State Police said Wednesday that the officers were struck in the head several times while performing their normal duties on the night of August 18that James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna. Other officers arrived and…

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SCI Abuse Complaint Amended to Include More Plaintiffs

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Additional allegations of abuse at Sussex Correctional Institution are contained in an amended complaint. A complaint was first filed in U.S. District Court last December on behalf of two people who were incarcerated and alleged violations of their constitutional rights. The list of plaintiffs grew to 21 in February, and now a second amended complaint…

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Update: SCI Inmate’s Death Under Investigation

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Delaware State Police and the Department of Correction are investigating the death of an inmate at Sussex Correctional Institution Saturday.State police said Sunday that the victim’s body has been turned over to the Division of Forensic Science for an autopsy that would determine the cause and manner of death. *Delaware State Police Monday identified the…

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Del. Department Of Correction Revises Visitation Policies Due To Community Rates Of COVID-19

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The Delaware Department of Correction is placing limitations on visits with inmates at Level Five prison facilities and Level Four work release and violation of probation facilities, due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in the community and to reduce the risk of transmission among the inmate population and staff.Visits are currently limited to one adult…

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More Plaintiffs Allege Abuse At SCI

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More plaintiffs are coming forward with allegations of abuse committed by correctional officers at Sussex Correctional Institution. The ACLU of Delaware and Whiteford Taylor Preston LLC are amending the complaint that was originally filed by two offenders in December. According to the amended complaint, more than 30 officers have been perpetrators of abuse.It also alleges…

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In-Person Visits With Offenders Will Be Suspended at Del. Correctional Facilities

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In-person visits with offenders at Delaware correctional facilities will be suspended temporarily at the end of the day Friday. The Department of Correction is taking the action in response to community transmission of COVID-19 to protect inmates and staff from exposure. After Friday, in-person visits will not be allowed at prisons and work-release and violation-of-probation…

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Missing Absconder Apprehended

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A woman who failed to return to the Hazel D. Plant Women’s Treatment Facility in New Castle in September has been apprehended, according to the Delaware Department of Correction. 26-year-old Melissa Pote of Felton was serving for Violation of Probation – Driving Under The Influence. The DOC Friday said Pote was apprehended Wednesday by the…

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3 Inmates, 1 Woman Implicated In Prison Contraband Investigation

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Three inmates at Delaware’s largest prison have been implicated in an alleged attempt to smuggle contraband behind bars, and charges are pending against a woman. Dover Police said Tuesday that an investigation in cooperation with the Department of Correction determined that 33-year-old Garland Coleman had a medical appointment at a Dover facility earlier this month.…

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Update: Sussex Absconder Located

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Update: An off-duty Milton Police officer apprehended an offender who had fled from a work detail earlier Wednesday, according to the Delaware Department of Correction. The DOC said 21-year-old Brian Sadler of Smyrna failed to return to the Sussex Community Corrections Center from a work detail in Harrington. Sadler of Smyrna was serving for a…

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Update: Police ID Suspect, Victim In JTVCC Homicide

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Delaware State Police provided the following update Wednesday afternoon: The Delaware State Police have arrested 55-year-old John Cameron of Claymont, DE, for murder. The incident occurred on Monday, May 10, 2021, at approximately 08:13 a.m., when troopers responded to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center located at 1181 Paddock Road, Smyrna, for a reported homicide.  Investigation has…

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Del. Accelerates Vaccination Of Prison Population

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Half of Delaware’s prison inmates will have access to a COVID-19 vaccination within the next week. Inmates who are over 60 years old have been prioritized so far, according to the Department of Correction. About 18 percent of the older inmate population declined to get the shot. The number of inmates with active infection is…

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Del. Dept. Of Correction Plans Citizens Academy

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A citizens academy that starts next month will offer a look at operations and programs in the Delaware Department of Correction. The DOC says the five weekly sessions will include an opportunity to engage with corrections leadership, uniformed officers, providers of treatment and programs and a wide range of professional staff. To apply for the…

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Del. Prison Inmate Dies Following Overdose

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An inmate at Delaware’s largest prison has died following an overdose. According to the Department of Correction, 35-year-old Travis Jones and another 35-year-old male inmate were found unresponsive in their housing unit at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Monday. Correctional officers and medical staff administered CPR and Naloxone. Jones died in a hospital Wednesday. The…

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More Phone Scams Circulate In Del.

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Two telephone scams are growing in frequency in Delaware as 2021 gets underway. According to the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, State Police and the Department of Correction, callers are threatening probationers with re-arrest for allegedly committing new crimes. One caller pressed a person to deliver cash at a specific location. Scammers sometimes spoof their phone…

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COVID Spreads To 3 Del. Correctional Facilities

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Three Delaware correctional facilities are now affected by coronavirus cases. The Delaware Department of Correction Tuesday reported that additional cases have turned up in four housing buildings at James T. Vaughn Correctional center near Smyrna. Also, there is a cluster of cases at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington. The DOC previously announced cases…

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Update: Sussex Absconder Apprehended

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An offender who failed to return to the Sussex Community Corrections Center from an approved work pass has been apprehended, according to the Delaware Department of Correction. The DOC says 28-year-old Demetrius Wright was serving for a violation of probation related to a charge of theft. Community Corrections Centers manage offenders who are transitioning back…

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New Machines Target Attempts To Smuggle Contraband

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The Delaware Department of Correction has introduced ‘modern Millimeter Wave’ technology whole body imaging scanners to supplement its efforts to keep contraband out of the state’s prisons. The machines use non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation that more easily and more effectively detects objects on or inside a person’s body. The DOC says the MMw scanner is safe…

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