DOC Family Services: If you have a family member in DOC custody and have questions, contact our Family Services Staff at (302) 857-5470 or Email: or visit the COVID-19 Page

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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 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 - As Delaware passes the 12 week mark since the state's first COVID-19 diagnosis on March 11, the Delaware Department of Correction today issued a report that highlights its multi-pronged effort to contain the disease in the state's correctional system.


Smyrna, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) today announced that Joseph R. Slider, a 60 year-old inmate with underlying health conditions from James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC), died on Wednesday evening, May 27 at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus from complications from COVID.


Smyrna, DE - This month, an employee-led donation drive at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center collected $3,300 to provide a helping hand to Smyrna-area families who are struggling to keep food on the table in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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