The Department of Correction's mission is to:
Protect the public by supervising adult offenders through safe and humane services, programs and facilities.
About the Department
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