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Terra Taylor, Bureau Chief
Heidi Collier, Deputy Bureau Chief

Terra Taylor & Heidi Collier

VISION
Bureau of Community Correction's vision is to develop re-entry focused community corrections programs and facilities that provide treatment, education, and/or training programs to match offender needs.

CORE PURPOSE
Community reintegration ad crime reduction through effective Supervision and case management of offenders. This dual approach is a collaborative effort between the person under supervision, members of his/her family, the Bureau of Community Corrections, the Judiciary, and multiple community resources.

LEVELS OF SUPERVISION AND SERVICES

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Probation, Parole, and Pretrial Supervision
Melissa Kearney, Director of Probation & Parole

    Kecia Winchester, Regional Manager
    Jeff Boykin, Regional Manager
    Melissa Kearney, Regional Manager
    Dave Johnson, Regional Manager
    Dave Johnson, Regional Manager
    Dave Johnson, Regional Manager

Probation, Parole, and Pretrial Intake
All individuals sentenced to a period of probation, parole, pretrial, or conditional release must report to the Probation & Parole Office within 72 hours of release unless otherwise directed by the Delaware Department of Correction or sentencing authority. The intake process may include but is not limited to collecting case-specific data, assigning a supervision officer, explaining supervision requirements, and providing resources.

Probation and Parole Intake Offices:

  • New Castle County Intake, 500 North King Street, Lower Level, Wilmington DE 19801 (302-255-0833)
  • Kent County Courthouse, 414 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901 (302-739-5330)
  • Sussex County Intake, 22883 Dupont Blvd, Georgetown, DE 19947 (302-856-5795)

Probation and Parole Level I (Low Risk/Needs)

  • This is the least restrictive supervision level
  • Reporting required as directed by Probation & Parole Officer
  • Abide by conditions imposed by the Court and/or Board of Parole
  • Communication with Probation & Parole Officer required to ensure compliance with all Court ordered programs and/or treatment

Probation and Parole Level II (Moderate Risk/Needs)

  • Regularly scheduled office visits - usually one office visit a month.
  • Reporting required as directed by Probation & Parole Officer
  • Abide by conditions imposed by the Court
  • Communication with Probation & Parole Officer required to ensure compliance with all Court ordered programs and/or treatment

Probation and Parole Level III (High Risk/Needs)

  • Frequent contact with assigned Probation & Parole Officer - often one office visit per week.
  • Imposed curfew restriction
  • Additional conditions of supervision may be imposed by the Court and/or Board of Parole
  • Communication with Probation & Parole Officer required to ensure compliance with all Court ordered programs and/or treatment

Probation and Parole Level IV - Home Confinement

  • Most restrictive community supervision level
  • Restricted movement from an approved residence
  • Additional conditions of supervision may be imposed by the Court and/or Board of Parole
  • Communication with Probation & Parole Officer required to ensure compliance with all Court ordered programs and/or treatment

Additional Electronic Monitoring

  1. GPS Monitoring:
    • Court Ordered: Per Judges Order
    • Delaware Statute: Tier 3 Sex Offenders
  2. Alcohol Monitoring:
    • Court Ordered: Per Judges Order
    • Delaware Statute: Felony DUI and DUI Court

Pretrial Services
Pretrial Services provides bond reports to assist the courts in making decisions regarding conditions of release for defendants detained on pending criminal charges. Pretrial Services also provides supervision for defendants pending criminal charges in the community. Defendants assigned to Pretrial Supervision are supervised on conditions that are limited to those necessary to provide a reasonable assurance of the appearance of the defendant at court proceedings, the protection of the community, victims, witnesses, or any other person, and to maintain the integrity of the judicial process.

  • Imposed by the Court as a condition of bail
  • Conditions are different than standard probation
  • May include electronic monitoring

Interstate Supervision

  1. Supervision of probationers sentenced in other states residing in Delaware
  2. Applications for those sentenced in Delaware who request to serve probation in another state
    • Requires a $50 Interstate Compact Fee
    • Applications for transfer will not guarantee placement in other states

P & P In-reach Coordinators

  • Provide Discharge Planning for returning citizens released from prison
  • Offer supportive subsidies (Rental assistance, bus passes, identification, and Birth Certificates for qualifying individuals)
  • Operate and maintain Clothing Closets
  • Assist in linking probationers to resources in the community
  • Present workshops in the Level V facilities
  • Engage, educate, and involve community stakeholders in Reentry initiatives

Group Violence Intervention (GVI)
Evidence shows that gun violence is concentrated among a small number of people at very high risk for both victimization and violent offending. The GVI strategy is intended to help these high-risk individuals avoid involvement in the criminal justice system, keep them safe, stabilize their lives, and create accountability for violence. The GVI participants will receive intervention services under the partnership of the Delaware Department of Correction, Department of Health and Social Services, Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families, and police partners.

Probation & Parole Contact Expectations and Requirements
The frequency and nature of contact with a P & P officer depend on various factors. All individuals under probation, parole, or pretrial supervision will be provided specific reporting instructions and individual supervision requirements. If there is an emergency or illness that keeps an individual from reporting as directed, he/she must call the respective office to make their officer aware and obtain new reporting instructions. If the assigned officer is unavailable, a Duty Officer and Supervisor are assigned each day at every location. When reporting to Probation & Parole, individuals should be prepared to provide proof of the following:

  • Employment (a pay stub)
  • Residence (a lease, copy of a utility bill, etc.)
  • Community service hours
  • Counseling or program attendance
  • All drug prescriptions
  • Documentation of any medical condition
  • Immigration registration
  • Any other documents your probation officer asks you to bring

Probation & Parole officers may also contact individuals under supervision in the community at locations such as their home, employment, treatment provider, or other known areas. These field visits must be conducted as part of the supervision process and may be required as part of a supervision plan. If individuals under supervision have any concerns about field visits, they should talk to their assigned officer beforehand.

Level IV - Community Work Release Program
Work Release Programs provide an alternative sentence option or transition period from a secured facility to promote entry back into the community. Participants assigned to work release have opportunities to perform paid and non-paid employment. Work Release facilities partner with several local businesses, community partners, and non-profit organizations to offer employment, training, and skill-building for the success of each participant. Therapeutic and evidence-based rehabilitation programs are offered at each Work Release Program to address identified rehabilitative needs.

Level IV - Community Corrections Treatment Center
The Community Corrections Treatment Center (CCTC) and Hazel D. Plant Women's Treatment Facility (HDP) embody the Department of Correction's dual mission of public safety and offender rehabilitation, focusing exclusively on providing offenders with effective substance abuse treatment to support their successful reentry and improve public safety. In 2020, DOC redesigned and modernized substance use disorder (SUD) programming with the implementation of the "Road to Recovery" treatment program offered at CCTC and HDP. CCTC and HDP reflect a residential treatment format that offers a mixture of programming and treatment space, staff work, and meeting spaces in an open design that is conducive to DOC's SUD cognitive community requirements.

Level IV - Violation of Probation Center
Sussex Violation of Probation Center (SVOP) offers a diversion from incarceration for offenders who violate the terms of their probation supervision, an alternative sentencing option to address behavior or to address disciplinary sanctions. SVOP operates a highly disciplined day to day program to focus on changing negative behavior into socially acceptable behavior through means of structured activities, rehabilitative programming, work detail assignment, and supervision.

Volunteer & Internship Opportunities
The State of Delaware Adult Probation & Parole Volunteer & Internship Program provides a 'hands-on' learning experience for students working towards a bachelor's or master's degree in criminal justice or social services. Participants will be exposed to many different aspects of the criminal justice system, including but not limited to; the utilization of effective practices in community supervision (EPICS); interactions with various law enforcement agencies, counseling agencies, and corrections professionals; observation of the Court system; current technologies; and the core competencies involved with working with offenders.

  1. Eligibility:
    • The student must be enrolled in a post-secondary, accredited school program. Preference for placement is given to Seniors.
    • State Universities and Colleges that offer four-year programs in criminal justice, social sciences or psychology are preferred schools.
    • Students considered for placements should pursue a course of study related to the human service field.
    • Students should be in good academic standing at their respective college or university.
  • How to Apply as a volunteer or intern:
  • Potential interns should contact The Division of Probation and Parole at least two months before their prospective semester. Intern candidates may apply to the State of Delaware Adult Probation & Parole Internship Program by completing the Application for Student Internship.

    The application must be sent directly to the Internship Coordinator in your area. Candidates that meet the requirements will be reviewed, and prospective interns will be contacted.

    1. New Castle County
    2. Kent County
    3. Sussex

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