HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 5
DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO CEASE IMPLEMENTATION OF PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A WOMEN'S PRISON AT DELAWARE CORRECTIONAL CENTER AND HAVE THE NEW COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTION REVIEW SUCH PLANS, MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS, AND OBTAIN APPROVAL OF FUTURE PLANS TO RELOCATE THE WOMEN'S PRISON AND TO PREVENT THE SALE OF THE WOODS HAVEN KRUSE PROPERTY UNTIL A DECISION IS MADE TO RELOCATE THE WOMEN'S PRISON.
WHEREAS, the advisability of relocating the State Women's Correctional Institute (WCI) to the Delaware Correctional Center (Da) at Smyrna has been questioned; and
WHEREAS, most of the volunteer programs serving WCI are located in northern New Castle County; and
WHEREAS, most of the female Inmates have families in New Castle County close to the current WCI; and
WHEREAS, due to location families may have difficulty visiting inmates at DCC; and WHEREAS, construction of the new facility at DCC has not yet begun.
BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives and Senate of the 134th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, that the Department of Correction cease implementation of plans to construct a Women's Prison at Delaware Correctional Center until:
1) A new Commissioner of Corrections has been named and Is present on the job;
1) The new Commissioner of Corrections and his staff have reviewed the issues
surrounding the construction and relocation of the Women's Correctional Institute to the Delaware Correctional Center; and
2) The new Commissioner of Corrections makes a written recommendation to the Governor and the General Assembly, and said recommendation is approved by the Governor and the General Assembly.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families shall not enter into any agreements regarding the sale of the Woods Haven Kruse property until a final decision has been made regarding the location of the Women's Prison.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a suitably prepared copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the Commissioner of Corrections and to the Secretary or the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families.
Approved April 22, 1981.