Inmate Death – George Reha

The Department of Correction announced today that George Reha, age 55, an inmate at Sussex Correctional Institution, died in the SCI Infirmary on Saturday, November 8, 2014 of natural causes following a lengthy illness. Reha, of Bridgeville, DE was serving a 10-month sentence for a Violation of Probation and DUI 4th offense. His sentence effective date was February 21, 2014.

Reha’s body has been turned over to the State Division of Forensic Science, as is standard procedure.

Foul play is not suspected.


Walkaway offender back in custody

The Delaware Department of Correction announces that offender Alexis Martinez, who failed to return from an authorized work pass to Morris Community Corrections Center on October 28, 2014, is back in custody. Last evening, November 6, a Dover Police officer on patrol identified Martinez on the corner of North Governors and Division Streets in Dover. Martinez attempted to flee as the officer approached him to make an arrest on the Escape Warrant, but he was taken into custody. Martinez was charged with resisting arrest, made an initial appearance in JP Court 7, and was transported to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

Original walk-away notification follows immediately below.

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October 28, 2014
Contact: Jason Miller, Chief, Media Relations (302) 857-5232

The Delaware Department of Correction announces the following offender failed to return today from an authorized work pass issued by Morris Community Corrections Center in Dover.

Community Corrections Centers are Level 4 facilities where the Department of Correction manages offenders who are transitioning back into the community. These centers are not secured like Level 5 prisons, as offenders are permitted to the leave the facility to go to work, seek jobs or attend approved treatment sessions.

Anyone with information on this offender is asked to call (800) 542-9524 or their local police department.

Date of walk-away: October 28, 2014
Name: Alexis Martinez
Date of Birth: 12/11/80
Last known address: Dover area
Race/Gender: White male
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 165 pounds
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Mustache/Beard/Goatee: Neatly trimmed beard
Aliases/Nicknames: Alex Martinez, Gordon Martinez, Sha eed Martinez
Scars/Marks/Tattoos: Scar over left eyebrow, Scar on Left forearm, Scar on Right forearm
Current Offense: Martinez is serving a sentence of level 4 work release or home confinement following a conviction for Burglary 3rd Degree.

Alexis Martinez


Inmate Death – Curtis McAllister

The Delaware Department of Correction announced today that Curtis McAllister, age 57, an inmate at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center died at Kent General Hospital on Sunday, November 2, 2014 of natural causes following a lengthy illness. McAllister, of Edgemoor, DE, was serving a life sentence for drug trafficking and other offenses. His sentence effective date was April 28, 2000.

McAllister’s body has been turned over to the State Division of Forensic Science, as is standard procedure.

Foul play is not suspected.

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Coupe sworn in as Commissioner of Department of Correction

Robert M. Coupe was today sworn in by Delaware Governor Jack Markell as Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) during a ceremony held at the DOC Administration Building in Dover. Coupe was joined by his family and was surrounded by friends, former colleagues and special guests.

After taking the oath of office alongside his wife, Pamela, and their children, Jocelyn and Tyler, Coupe expressed his thoughts on assuming leadership responsibilities for the second-largest Executive branch agency in Delaware and, with more than 2,500 employees, the largest law enforcement agency in the State.

“I am humbled as I stand before you today,” Commissioner Coupe stated during his remarks. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve you as the new Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction. I accept the responsibility of the position and pledge my commitment to serve with dignity and honor befitting the integrity of the Department. I am excited as I join the leadership team of the Department of Correction and look forward to the opportunity to proudly serve alongside the dedicated men and women of the Department.”

Coupe also took the opportunity to unveil an overview of his leadership plan for the DOC. He shared five areas of concentration:

1. To create a climate of trust through open and honest communication, both within the Department and externally.

2. To prepare for and anticipate change, and not be surprised by it.

3. To have a succession plan that includes developing future leaders for their opportunity to lead.

4. To have transparency in the decision making process.

5. To create a culture of accountability and generate unity throughout the Department.

“I am confident that my leadership plan will reinforce the positive efforts of the employees of the Department of Correction while enhancing the public’s confidence in the Department,” said Coupe.

Coupe, recently retired from the Delaware State Police after almost 28 years of service to the Division, was nominated as Corrections Commissioner by Governor Jack Markell on March 1 and confirmed by the Delaware Senate on March 13. At the time of his retirement, Coupe was the Delaware State Police Superintendent Colonel.

Governor Markell, during his comments before the swearing in, highlighted Coupe’s past success heading the Delaware State Police and commended his ability as a leader.

“He is truly an extraordinary leader,” Governor Markell said of Coupe. “He is open, transparent, forward-thinking and has a sense of urgency.”

As Commissioner of the Department of Correction (DOC), Coupe will work with the bureaus of Management Services, Correctional Healthcare Services, Prisons, and Community Corrections, to supervise approximately 6,500 individuals incarcerated in prison, more than 1,000 offenders serving a sentence within a community corrections facility, and approximately 17,000 probationers living in the community.

A video from the ceremony is available on YouTube.