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Beyond James T. Vaughn: Fixing Delaware’s Broken Prison System

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With an incarceration rate nearly twice as high as neighboring New Jersey, Delaware is an unfortunate leader in America’s trend of mass incarceration.

Join a free public discussion sponsored by the ACLU, with the director of their National Prison Project.

June 7, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 PM 
First and Central Presbyterian Church
1101 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
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Prison staff shortages compound the lack of crucial programming, making successful re-entry an unlikely outcome in the First State. Bring your lunch and join us as we take a hard look at the pitfalls of our troubled prison system–and how it can be fixed.

david_fathi_for_webFeatured speaker David C. Fathi is Director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project, which brings challenges to conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, and other detention facilities, and works to end the policies that have given the United States the highest incarceration rate in the world.

Questions? Call Mindy Bogue at (302) 654-5326, ext. 101 or

More information at the ACLU-DE website.


1 Comment

  1. See you then. I just got this email from my friend, great lawyer and inmate advocate, Steve Hampton. I have not yet had time to read the report.
    We have to await the final report but, as I suspected, we see here, as we will with any of these “investigations”, findings and recommendations and blah blah blah and nothing will change. What will bring change is PROSECUTING criminals on D O C staff, and it is the ONLY remedy which will. Read my Why Only Prosecution Will End Prison Abuse article!
    Hi, Ken,
    The last sentence of this paragraph from page 41 of the Independent Review Initial Report tells me all I need to know about the commitment of the investigators to improving inmate treatment.
    During the course of this preliminary review, the Independent Review Team received inmate-based complaints during interviews of inmates, advocates, and attorneys. Inmate concerns expressed to external organizations included inconsistent discipline; lack of programming and medical care; a grievance process that most see as meaningless; the use of shaming tactics; and, the harassment of inmates by damaging or destroying their property under the guise of security searches and facility shakedowns. These complaints and other concerns will be referred to the DOC Commissioner and explored more fully in the final report.
    The current DOC commissioner is aware of all of these problems having worked his way up through the system for many years, during which thousands of inmate complaints and scores of pro se lawsuits by inmates have documented all of these problems. DOC has done virtually nothing to address these problems and likely never will as long as DOC commissioners are appointed who have aspirations to move on to another better job in Delaware state government, or who have other strong political connections in Delaware.
    Coupe—high ranking DSP official became commissioner when Danberg was appointed to be a judge and left DOC to head Homeland Security in Delaware.
    Danberg—Was installed as a placeholder AG, so Beau Biden could run when former AG Brady’s term expired. AG Brady was appointed as a Superior Court Judge leaving the AG office vacant. When Danberg left the AG’s office he was appointed DOC commissioner, taking over for Stan Taylor who was retiring. Danberg left the commissioner job when appointed as a Court of Common Pleas judge.
    Stan Taylor rose through the DOC system with a stop as the Warden at SCI, and was commissioner when the Federal Government came to Delaware and installed a monitor for Delaware prison health care because of the horrific way the DOC providers were neglecting serious inmate health needs.
    Unless an out-of-state corrections professional with training and experience, is hired to be DOC commissioner and given carte blanche to address the way inmates are treated in DOC prisons, DOC will do nothing about inmate treatment. DOC has had 20 plus years to address these known problems and failed to do it. It is folly to think DOC will now do something about the problems they have ignored for the past few decades.
    Insanity is sometimes defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That certainly seems to be the current plan to address inmate issues.
    Stephen Hampton
    Grady and Hampton LLC
    6 N. Bradford St.
    Dover, DE 19904


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