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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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No. of offenders on probation*
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No. of offenders on pre-trial detention*
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No. of offenders on pre-trial detention within the community*
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No. of inmates released*
*Numbers reflect 24hrs delay

News

05.24.2019

After 31 years of dedicated service to the State of Delaware, Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Perry Phelps announced he will retire effective July 15, 2019.

05.10.2019

Dover, DE — Joined by Commissioner Perry Phelps, friends and family, 21 men and women graduated from the 231st Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT) Academy of the Delaware Department of Correction today and have been assigned to facilities throughout the state.

05.09.2019

24 Delaware Probation and Parole officers graduated from the Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) training on May 2, 2019. The training occurred over the course of six months and included attendance at monthly “booster” sessions with the submission of taped interviews with offenders prior to each session.

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