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



Wilmington, DE - Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Claire DeMatteis made the following statement following today's sentencing of Jarreau Ayers, Dwayne Staats and Royal Downs for their convictions in the February 1, 2017 uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center that held several staff members against their will and claimed the life of Correctional Lieutenant Steven Floyd.


Dover, DE - Commissioner Claire DeMatteis announced today that the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) has initiated an independent review of its medical and behavioral health care systems as it seeks recommendations to strengthen clinical quality, patient safety and data management practices.


Dover, DE - Delaware's Probation and Parole team has received the highest affirmation that its operations meet law enforcement standards of excellence for the fourth consecutive year.

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