Delaware Agencies Join Forces Against Illegal Trash Dumping

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Delaware agencies recently teamed up to clean up more than 2,300 pounds of trash and debris illegally dumped and strewn at Taber State Forest in western Kent County. Those agencies included Delaware Natural Resources Police (DNRP), Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Department of Corrections (DOC). The cleanup came about after the DNRP…

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DOC Expanding Enhanced Mail Screening

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The Delaware Department of Correction is expanding its enhanced mail screening system to all state prison facilities in April. This will improve mail security and eliminate mail contraband. The system features off-site electronic mail screening and color reproduction that allows prison facilities to receive incoming mail addressed to incarcerated individuals without the risk of contraband…

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UPDATED: DOC has Arrested Offender Who Failed to Return From Approved Pass

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UPDATED – 03/25/24 – Radames Guzman was apprehended by the Sussex Escapee Recovery Team on Friday. He was arraigned at JP 2 before being committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on an Escape after Conviction Warrant in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. =============================== An offender from the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown failed to…

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DOC Signs Contracts for Correctional Healthcare Services

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Delaware’s Department of Correction has signed three-year contracts with VitalCore Health Strategies. They will provide medical care, behavioral health care and substance use disorder treatment to those under DOC supervision. In response to a request for proposal, the DOC received 4 proposals and after a bid review the DOC awarded both contracts to VitalCore Health…

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UPDATED: DOC Arrest SCCC Walk Away in Wilmington

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UPDATED – 03/20/23 – On Saturday, March 18, Louis Bland was apprehended by the DOC Escapee Recovery Team in Wilmington. He was arraigned at JP Court 11 before being committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on an Escape after Conviction Warrant in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. ========================================= ORIGINAL STORY – 03/17/23 – Corrections…

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Brennan Named Deputy Warden at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution

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A promotion for the Security Superintendent at the Vaughn Correctional Facility. DOC officials have announced that John Brennan will fill the vacancy as deputy warden at the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution – beginning on Monday. The office has been vacant since Baylor’s Deputy Warden was promoted to Warden at the women’s facility last December. Brennan…

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SCCC Offender Arrested after Failure to Return

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An offender who failed to return to the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown after being extradited to Maryland on a State of Delaware Level IV agreement to return has been arrested. Corrections officials say 48 year old David Connors of the Milton area was extradited to Maryland on a driving charge with a Delaware…

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Offender Arrested After Failure to Return from Pass

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Correction officials have arrested an offender who failed to return to the Hazel D. Plant Women’s Treatment Facility from an approved pass to the DMV on August 24th. Members of the New Castle County Community Corrections Escapee Recovery Team arrested 36 year old Constance Ewing of Felton on Tuesday, September 13. She was being held…

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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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DOC Visitation Restrictions to Change Sept 6

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The Delaware Department of Corrections is lifting a restriction that allows one adult visitor per inmate, which has been in place since late May as Covid-19 transmission was increasing. Beginning on Tuesday, September 6 one adult visitor and one child visitor under age 18 will be permitted per inmate. Surgical masks will be made available…

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Work-Release Walk Away Quickly Apprehended

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An offender from the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown who walked away from an approved outside work assignment within the facilities programs area has been apprehended. According to the Delaware Department of Correction, 26 year old Ryan Gray of Georgetown was apprehended quickly by the Sussex Escapee Recovery Team. There is NO concern to…

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Two COs at the James T. Vaughn Correction Center Assaulted by Inmate

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Two Correctional Officers at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna are recovering from injuries after they were assaulted Thursday night by an inmate with an improvised weapon. Both officers were treated for injuries – and have been released from the hospital. The investigation is continuing – no further information has been released.

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New Warden Appointed For Sussex Correctional Institution

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Sussex Correctional Institution will get a new Warden.Scott Ceresini succeeds SCI Warden Truman Mears, who retired last month after 33 years with the Delaware Department of Correction. Mears had been warden at SCI since January 2020.Ceresini has been serving as Kent County Community Corrections Warden and is an 18-year DOC veteran. “Warden Ceresini is a…

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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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DOC to Restart Inmate Visitation Feb 14

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The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that in-person inmate visitation will restart on Monday, February 14.  “Thanks to the success of our comprehensive COVID-19 screening, testing, and mitigation measures along with the significant reduction in community spread of the virus we are able to restart in-person inmate visitation on Monday, February 14,” said Department…

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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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Selbyville Walk-Away Apprehended Friday

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Corrections officials have arrested an offender who failed to return to the Hazel D. Plant Women’s Treatment Facility in New Castle last month. Officials say 24 year old Victoria Dunston of Selbyville was listed as a walk away on October 27 – she was being held for a violation of probation on a charge of…

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DE Probation Officers to Keep Eye on High Risk Probationers for Safe Trick or Treating

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Probation Officers will hit the streets this weekend to support safe trick-or-treating and keep a watchful eye on high risk probationers, the Delaware Department of Correction announced today. “Tens of thousands of trick-or-treaters will be out in our communities this Halloween and Probation Officers are taking action to make it a safe event for kids and their…

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