Jim Elder, Bureau Chief
John Sebastian, Deputy Bureau Chief
The mission of the Bureau of Community Custody and Supervision is:
To promote public safety through the effective supervision of offenders placed under community supervision, SENTAC Levels I – IV; to provide supervision, programs and treatment services that promote long-term, self-sufficient, law abiding behavior by offenders; and to support efforts that make victims whole in accordance with Delaware law.
LEVELS OF SUPERVISION
Administrative Supervision – Level I
Offenders assigned to Level I are placed in the least restrictive form of supervision under the SENTAC sentencing system. These are generally first time offenders who pose little risk of re-offending. The majority of these offenders are required to pay either a fine, make restitution or attend a specific first offender program. Requirements are also to monitor offenders' participation in designated programs, and make progress reports on same to the Court.
Probation and Parole – Level II
Level II is the standard Probation/Parole supervision program. Offenders on Level II supervision are to meet with their Probation Officer on a regular schedule to comply with contact requirements based on risks/needs assessments. Level II Probation/parole Officers serve in the Traditional roles of counseling.
Intensive Supervision – Level III
Intensive supervision entails at least the equivalent of one (1) hour of supervision per day and no more than fifty-six (56) hours of supervision per week. The minimum of one (1) hour of supervision per day is achieved through direct offender contact, collateral contact, verification of each offender's activities (e.g., residence, employment, training and school), and performance with court-ordered treatment and Community Service. The emphasis is on supervision through increased community contacts.
Electronic Monitoring – Level IV
House Arrest is a community custody program which is for offenders who are to be restricted to an approved residence in which specific sanctions are to be imposed and enforced. The House Arrest Program is administered by Probation Officers, and includes continuous electronic and direct surveillance.
GPS supervision can be court ordered, but also is statutorily mandated. All Tier 3 Sex Offenders sentenced to a term of Probation must participate in GPS Supervision. Offenders are tracked 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
TAD is an additional condition imposed by the courts to restrict alcohol consumption for offenders. It is generally imposed for offenders with serious alcohol addictions deemed to be a risk to the community.
Pretrial Services provides the courts with bail recommendations based on screening interviews with newly arrested and detained individuals. After the initial screening, follow-up interviews and recommendations are made at preset intervals. Community supervision is also provided for certain released individuals as ordered by the courts. Pre-sentence reports are completed as requested to the Wilmington Municipal Court. All pretrial services occur prior to a SENTAC Level being established for an individual.
Community Work Release Program
Offenders placed in this program perform various types of labor at non profit organizations in order to satisfy special conditions of supervision and/or to be relieved of court ordered assessments.
Violation of Probation Centers
There are two Violation of Probation Centers.