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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2 Arrested in Contraband Investigation at SCI

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Two people have been arrested following a contraband investigation at Sussex Correctional Institution. Investigators learned of a conspiracy between an inmate and a New Castle resident to deliver drugs to the inmate by the US Mail. A package addressed to the inmate was identified and intercepted at the prison mail room and an analysis of…

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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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UPDATE: Work Release Offender Walks Away from Sussex Community Corrections Center, Caught After Brief Search

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Update: An offender is back in custody after walking away from the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown. According to a spokesperson with the Delaware Department of Correction, the offender had been allowed out on work release. He was caught early this morning (Monday) after a brief search in the Georgetown area. Original story: Multiple…

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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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Murder Suspect Dies at SCI

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A man who was arrested on murder charges last month has died in prison.According to the Delaware Department of Correction, 57-year-old Michael Klein of Long Neck was being housed in the medical area of Sussex Correctional Institution, and had a history of chronic health conditions.The DOC said he was found unresponsive in his cell by…

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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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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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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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Suspect Arrested Following Seaford Kidnapping Investigation

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A man is under arrest in connection with a kidnapping investigation conducted by Seaford Police. According to police, 38-year-old Darnell Stokes was found in Seaford by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force. Seaford Police said Stokes was identified as a suspect in a kidnapping incident on Pine Street January 1st, and two separate…

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Selbyville Man Charged with Aggravated Menacing

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A Selbyville man has been arrested on charges of aggravated menacing after an incident Wednesday on Lincoln Avenue where 22 year old Demetrius Jenkins was pointing a rifle style firearm at four people on the property as he asked each if they’d thrown a rock at his vehicle. Jenkins then left the property. He was…

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SCI Inmate Dies Of COVID-19 Complications, Other Factors

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A Sussex Correctional Institution inmate with underlying health conditions and complications from COVID-19 has died at Kent General Hospital. 55-year-old Charles R.J. Patterson was from Frankford and had been serving a sentence for his 7th DUI conviction. He tested positive back in July. The Department of Correction says Patterson was the only SCI inmate who…

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SCI Inmate Dies Of Underlying Health Issus, COVID-19 Complications

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An inmate at Sussex Correctional Institution with underlying health conditions and affected by COVID-19 complications has died. 61-year-old  Fred Clanton, originally from Bridgeville, died Tuesday at Kent General Hospital according to the Delaware Department of Correction. Clanton tested negative for coronavirus July 4th. He was part of a group of 36 inmates with chronic conditions…

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Update: Most Inmates Are Recovered Or Symptom-Free After Testing Positive For COVID-19

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Nearly 75 percent of the inmates at Sussex Correctional Institution and Morris Community Corrections center who tested positive for coronavirus this month have already recovered. According to the Delaware Department of Correction, the vast majority of the population that tested positive has not shown any symptoms. Currently, 14 have symptoms of illness. A total of…

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ACLU Calls For Action In Response to SCI COVID-19 Cases

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The ACLU of Delaware says the outbreak of coronavirus positive cases at Sussex Correctional Institution requires immediate steps. The organization calls upon state leaders to consider the release of medically vulnerable people who may pose little risk to public safety but are at risk of being exposed to covid-19. Also ACLU of Delaware Executive Director…

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1/3 of Inmates at SCI Test Positive for Coronavirus

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Two weeks after proactive monitoring and testing identified a cluster of inmates with COVID-19 at the Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI), all 973 inmates have been tested for COVID-19, with one-third (303) inmates testing positive and two-thirds (650) testing negative.  20 test results remain pending.  Additionally, 17 inmates at Morris Community Corrections Center (MCCC) in Dover have…

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More Inmates At SCI Diagnosed With COVID-19

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Testing, tracing and treatment are part of the state’s response to an outbreak of coronavirus at Sussex Correctional Institution. Cleaning is also a big part of the Delaware Department of Correction’s mitigation plan. 119 inmates at SCI and three at Morris Community Correction Center in Dover had active COVID-19 infection as of Wednesday, including 95…

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Update: COVID-19 Cases Grow At SCI

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The Delaware Department of Correction is taking what it calls aggressive action to control an outbreak of coronavirus at the Sussex Correctional Institution. Inmates with underlying health conditions are being transferred to other facilities. A COVID-19 treatment center has been opened at SCI, where testing has been expanded for the offender population and staff. Initially…

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22 More SCI Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19

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The Delaware Department of Correction reported Friday that 22 more inmates at the Sussex Correctional Institution have tested positive for coronavirus. Three inmates also tested positive earlier in the week after the correctional system had gone six weeks without any inmates testing positive in any of its facilities. These are the first indications of the…

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Coastal Highway Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest

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A Lewes man faces drug-related charges and other offenses following a traffic stop on Coastal Highway. Delaware State Police say 41-year-old Dewayne Hopkins was pulled over Thursday and was found to be driving with a suspended license. Police say troopers were already “familiar” with Hopkins. A search dog led investigators to 298 bags of heroin…

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Inmate Dies after Attempted Suicide at SCI

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An SCI inmate hospitalized after an attempted suicide has died.  Corrections officials say officers found inmate Aron McNatt hanging from a bed sheet in his cell late Friday night.  He was taken to Bayhealth’s Sussex campus where he died on Sunday night.  McNatt had been held at SCI since May 8th serving a 2 year…

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