The Adult Victims Services program supports adult crime victims age 50 or older who live in New Castle County, Delaware. AVS helps clients navigate the many systems that impact their lives after being victimized such as the legal system, healthcare systems, and the subsidized and unsubsidized housing market. AVS provides many services including counseling services, home visits, court accompaniment, long-term follow up care, and assistance in establishing a reliable support system. This program is funded through the Delaware Criminal Justice Council by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for the Victims of Crime.
Program Coordinator: Nikki Kress
To view the AVS brochure, click here.
CRSP, a collaborative effort between the Delaware Center for Justice, the Department of Correction and multiple community partners, provides case management support and other crucial services that foster successful reentry. Services include housing assistance, job search assistance, identification acquisition, mental health and substance abuse referrals, educational and vocational placement, life skills, and social support. CSRP is funded through a contract with the Delaware Department of Correction.
Program Coordinator: Jessica Alicea
To view the CRSP brochure, click here.
By capitalizing on the benefits of mediation, we give victims the chance to be heard and feel that justice has been served, and we provide individuals who have committed harm with the opportunity to make restitution, complete community service, and learn skills needed to lead a law-abiding life. For example, our Adult Diversionary Program involves mediating certain misdemeanors instead of prosecuting them, so we keep the case out of court while empowering victims to help shape the resolution. Charges are dropped for individuals who have committed harm who fulfill all required obligations. This program is part of the Restorative Justice Project and is funded by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Program Coordinator: Karin McManus
The Healthy Thinking Program is a 12 week, evidence-based curriculum taught at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution. The program emphasizes coping skills, prosocial behaviors, and cognitive restructuring. All program participants will be signed up for healthcare upon release and will be provided with resources and referral for a primary care physician, dentist, and behavioral health care provider if needed.
Instructor: Haneef Salaam
The Read In, Read Out Program is a collaborative project of the Department of Correction, the Delaware Center for Justice, and Read Aloud Delaware. Selected parents are able to record themselves reading age-appropriate books to their children. The resulting audiocassette tapes are then sent, along with the books and an inexpensive tape player, to each child. In this manner, incarcerated parents are better able to preserve a bond with their children, improve their communication and parenting skills, and ease their transition back to their families and to the community.
Program Contact: Robin Stramp
To view the Read In, Read Out Program brochure, click here.
This program at the Achievement Center coordinates cross agency service provisions within the context of a state-of-the art facility with an aim toward leveraging the synergies offered by accessible, integrated services previously unavailable to men leaving prison. Our services include housing support, adult education, structured peer support, workforce development, cognitive behavioral therapy, and substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Lead Reentry Navigator: Akua Ajarko
To view the Achievement Center’s brochure, click here.
DCJ’s newest program offers a support group for grieving loved ones (age 18 and over) healing after homicide. These groups, facilitated by a licensed counselor with decades of experience in private practice, are free and open to the public. This program is funded through the Delaware Criminal Justice Council by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, subgrant #VF14-1510.
To view the Healing After Homicide brochure, please click here.
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WIT delivers educational instruction using the Moving On curriculum, a curriculum designed specifically for women who are involved in the criminal justice system, at Hazel D. Plant Women’s Treatment Facility.The overarching goal of the program is to assist women in mobilizing and developing personal and social resources that mediate the impact of risk for future criminal behavior. The program targets criminogenic factors in order to reduce recidivism and promote healthy living, thus improving one’s capacity for life’s various stressors. Women build human, social, and emotional capital necessary for successful reentry into the community and greater ecosystem.
Educational Instructor: Theresa Sullivan
DCJ’s School Offense Diversion Program (SoDP) staff work with students referred by the Attorney General’s Office as a result of an arrest for an in-school incident. This program is an alternative to the juvenile court process and punitive disciplinary approaches – a space for mediation with students to talk through and understand the nature of the incident and to validate their experience. Students learn to skillfully resolve problems and sustain healthy relationships so that what may have been their first experience with the criminal justice system is their last. The School Offense Diversion Program is funded through the State of Delaware and governed by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Program Coordinator: Cindy McDaniel
To view the SoDP brochure, click here.
Below, you’ll find SoDP’s Advocacy Brief, published in the Spring of 2016. You can also find a printable version here.
This program is a comprehensive and collaborative gun intervention and prevention program that works in partnership with the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families – Division of Youth Rehabilitation. The program consists of educational classes at Ferris School for Boys for individuals sentenced through gun court. Classes use the Phoenix New Freedom 100 Curriculum which teaches skills and strategies for coping with chaotic environments and reducing violent behavior. The program also provides after-care support groups in the community focusing on community service projects for program participants.
Program Coordinator: Corry Wright
The Truancy Reduction Program works with high-risk students whose school attendance has ceased or dropped dramatically. The program seeks to increase truant students’ engagement in school to decrease dropout rates and to prevent future criminality. Through intensive case management, students and their families receive support in addressing the underlying causes of truancy, which may include factors such as bullying, lack of appropriate clothing or transportation, undiagnosed learning disabilities, precarious housing situations, and/or lack of academic support. The Truancy Reduction Program has two dedicated case managers who creatively engage students in their own learning and self-development while addressing internal and external barriers, including abuse, neglect, mental health issues, substance abuse, and bullying. Students remain on caseloads for six months to a year or longer, and the program currently operates within the Red Clay and Christina school districts. The Truancy Reduction Program is funded by the Criminal Justice Council.
Program Coordinator: Cassandra Freeman
To view the Truancy Reduction Program brochure, click here.
The program is directed at getting youth to understand the impact they have on their community, family, and self when committing crimes. With the overall violence in the City of Wilmington, this program hits home for many youth because it allows them to hear real life stories from individuals that have lived through violent acts or committed violent acts themselves. The youth in this program are able to open up without being judged and ask questions about how to change their life. This program is funded through support from the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families – Division of Family Services.
Program Coordinator: Angie Walker
We are grateful for our many funders that make the sustainability of our programs possible. These funders include: