660 Baylor Boulevard
New Castle, DE 19720
WARDEN: Wendi Caple
DEPUTY WARDEN: Vacant
The Baylor Women's Correctional Institution (BWCI) – the only women's prison in the state – opened December 29, 1991. The facility houses both pre-trial and sentenced adult females at minimum, medium, and maximum security levels.
BWCI provides programming at all security levels. Programming provides offenders with opportunities to gain knowledge, acquire skills and learn an alternative life-style.
BWCI provides treatment services, religious services, drug therapy, educational/vocational programs, counseling, and recreation.
On June 14, 1995 Governor Thomas R. Carper signed Senate Joint Resolution no. 25, which authorized then-Corrections Commissioner Robert J. Watson to name the Women's Correctional Institution as the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution. Delores J. Baylor was the first African-American to hold a warden's position in the State of Delaware. She was also the first African-American female to hold such a position. Baylor began her employment with the Department of Correction as a Field Service Counselor and was subsequently promoted to Field Counselor II and III. On June 1, 1974, Baylor was promoted to Correctional Superintendent I at the Women's Correctional Institution, performing her duties in an outstanding manner.
On March 20, 1979, the 130th Delaware General Assembly recognized Delores J. Baylor for outstanding service with the Department of Corrections. On June 1, 1979, Delores Baylor was promoted to Warden of the Women's Correctional Institution. Baylor remained Warden of the Women's Correctional Institution until her death on March 20, 1983.