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 4,500 - 5,000 inmates within our correctional facilities and approximately 13,000 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 - Jail describes those offenders serving one year or less.)
  • 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

Daily Population Summary

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No. of inmates*1
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No. of offenders on probation*
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No. of offenders on pre-trial detention* 1
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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
1Numbers Include Level 5 and Level 4 Offenders



Dover, DE - Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Claire DeMatteis today announced that she has promoted James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Warden Dana Metzger to statewide responsibilities as Warden of the Department's Special Operations Group.


Dover, DE - 21 Correctional Officer cadets graduated on Friday, November 22 from the 234th Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT) Academy and took their oaths of office as Delaware's newest law enforcement officers at a ceremony attended by Governor John Carney, Department of Correction leadership and staff, family and friends.


Dover, DE - Commissioner Claire DeMatteis today announced the appointment of Statewide Probation and Parole Director Terra Taylor as Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Community Corrections, effective immediately.

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