Police: Delaware Prison Guard Now An Inmate

Authorities have released details in a case that First State Update first learned about last week. We contacted the Department of Correction last week after receiving a tip regarding the arrest of a correctional officer.

A spokesman for the agency told us that there was an ongoing investigation and we agreed to hold the story until this week due to the ongoing investigation.

On Wednesday officials said the Delaware State Police in a joint investigation with the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC), Delaware Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested 31-year-old Jahee White of Dover, Delaware, for several felony charges stemming from a misconduct by a Correctional Officer investigation.

In March 2024, the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Drug Unit partnered with the DOC, DOJ, and FBI, in an investigation stemming from allegations that a Correctional Officer, identified as Jahee White, was conducting unethical behavior by using his position as a Correctional Officer to engage in criminal conduct at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna according to investigators.

Troop 2 Drug Unit Detectives, investigators from the DOC Special Operations Group, investigators from the FBI, and members from the DOJ Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust, discovered White was utilizing his position as a Correctional Officer to further his drug distribution operations by smuggling illegal contraband into the prison and accepting bribes to do so police said Wednesday.

Department of Correction Commissioner Terra Taylor said: “This alleged conduct is deeply troubling.  We hold our employees to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, and any breach of that trust must be met with swift and appropriate action.  The joint investigation and arrest underscores our shared dedication to protect the health and wellbeing of incarcerated individuals and correctional staff and to remove the threat of contraband to the safety and security of our correctional facilities.”

On April 23, 2024, the criminal investigation led to White being taken into custody without incident by Troop 2 Detectives and DOC investigators in the 500 block of Schooner Way in Dover. White was taken to Troop 2, where he was charged with the crimes listed below, arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11, and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $95,000 cash bond.

  • Official Misconduct Position Used to Engage in Criminal Conduct (Felony) – 3 counts
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
  • Possess with Intent to Deliver a Counterfeit Controlled Substance (Felony)
  • Receiving a Bribe (Felony)
  • Promoting Prison Contraband Possess Illegal Narcotic or Prescription Medication with Intent to Deliver (Felony)
  • Conspiracy 2nd Degree (Felony)