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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.

Daily Population Summary

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*Numbers reflect 24hrs delay

News

11.21.2018

Dover, DE 35 men and women graduated from the 228th Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT) Academy of the Delaware Department of Correction today and have been assigned to facilities throughout the state.

11.20.2018

Today, in response to the verdicts rendered in the cases of Jarreau Ayers, Dwayne Staats and Deric Forney, the first three defendants to face trial for their involvement in the February 1, 2017 hostage event at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, DOC Commissioner Phelps offered the following statement.

11.07.2018

To enhance public safety and decrease correctional officer overtime, the Delaware Depatment of Correction (DOC) announces it has entered into a two-year agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC).

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