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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.

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*Numbers reflect 24hrs delay

News

07.15.2019

Dover, DE - Claire DeMatteis was sworn in by Superior Court President Judge Jan Jurden as the ninth Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction during a ceremony held today at the DOC Administration Building in Dover.

07.12.2019

Dover, DE - Department of Correction announces that Deputy Chief Paul G. Shavack has been appointed as the Interim Chief of Media Relations, effective immediately.

07.12.2019

Dover, DE - 12 young men and women graduated from the Department's second Youth Academy. The five-day program gave teens with the desire to learn about the criminal justice system the opportunity to interact and speak with various correctional employees.

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