The Delaware Department of Correction has launched an investigation into a program that allows offenders to go out as day laborers from the Sussex Work Release Center after discovering the Georgetown center is unable to produce any documentation for the past 23 years.
Correction Commissioner Carl Danberg abruptly shut down the program a week ago after he learned the center has only three pieces of written documentation about inmates leaving for day labor since the program began in 1989. The paperwork that exists consists of one memo that explains the whereabouts of seven offenders who went to work at the Mountaire Farms poultry complex in Millsboro in 2010. In another case, the memo lists no employer, while the third lists that the day laborer will be “picked up by Chip.”
“I’m more than frustrated,” Danberg said. “We can’t operate like this. We need to know who’s going out of the facility on a daily basis.” Read full article.