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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 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 - Department of Correction Commissioner Monroe B. Hudson Jr. today announced that he has appointed Bureau of Community Corrections Chief Terra Taylor as Deputy Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC), effective August 2.


Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) is taking applications from community members to participate in its Fall 2022 Citizens Academy which begins September 27 in Kent County.


Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that Major Michael Merson, Security Superintendent of DOC's Special Operation Group, has been promoted to Deputy Warden of the Special Operations Group (SOG) effective July 3.


Georgetown, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that Kent County Community Corrections Warden Scott Ceresini has been named Warden of Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI). Warden Ceresini's promotion becomes effective this week.


Dover, DE - On Wednesday, June 29 at 1:00 p.m. the Delaware Department of Correction invites you to join its next 'DOC Insider Series' webinar with a focus on Prison Healthcare.


Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that in-person visitation to all of its Level V prison and Level IV work release and violation of probation facilities is now limited to one adult visitor per inmate.

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