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Department of Correction

The Department is the second largest Executive branch agency in the State, and the largest law enforcement agency in the State with over 2,500 employees. The Department is comprised of the Office of the Commissioner, Bureau of Administrative Services, Bureau of Correctional Healthcare Services, Bureau of Prisons and Bureau of Community Corrections.

Delaware provides a unified correctional system, with all correctional facilities and institutions falling under the jurisdiction of the State. The Department supervises between 6,500 – 7,000 inmates within our correctional facilities and approximately 17,000 probationers within the community.

Within the unified system, Delaware maintains a five-level system of supervision for offenders:

  • Level V - 24 hour incarceration (jail/prison)*
  • Level IV - Work Release Centers, Home Confinement (electronic monitoring), Residential Drug Treatment, Violation of Probation Centers
  • Level III - Intensive Probation Supervision
  • Level II - Standard Probation
  • Level I - Administrative Supervision
*Jail describes those offenders serving one year or less.

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*Numbers reflect 24hrs delay

News

03.19.2019

Smyrna, DE - the road leading into the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center was dedicated this morning in honor of Correctional Lieutenant Steven R. Floyd, Sr., who lost his life in the line of duty in 2017.

03.01.2019

Dover, DE - Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Perry Phelps announced today that he has selected a new Chief and Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and Warden of the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution (BWCI) in New Castle.

01.22.2019

Dover, DE - The Delaware Criminal Justice Council (CJC) has been awarded $1.5 million in federal grant funding to build on state level-efforts to improve Delaware's reentry systems and reduce recidivism. The majority of funds will be administered by the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) to prepare inmates and probationers for successful reentry. The grants are funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP).

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