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.

Daily Population Summary

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No. of offenders on probation*
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No. of offenders on pre-trial detention*
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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



Through a partnership with Delaware State Police (DSP), the New Castle County Police Department (NCCPD), the Wilmington Police Department (WPD) and Crime Stoppers, the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) will begin selling cold case playing cards to inmate housed in Level 5 prison facilities across the state.


Audits of the Department's Central Administration Building and Employee Development Center (EDC) in Dover were conducted on June 4-7, 2018 by the American Correctional Association (ACA) and accreditation was awarded at the ACA Summer Conference on August 4, 2018.


Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Perry Phelps announced today the decision to demolish the building at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC), known as C Building, which was the site of the February 1-2, 2017 inmate uprising and death of Lt. Steven Floyd.

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