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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*Numbers reflect 24hrs delay



Dover, DE - Commissioner Claire DeMatteis today announced the appointment of former Dover Police Chief Marvin Mailey as Chief of the Bureau of Community Corrections.


Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that after four years as Chief of the Bureau of Correctional Healthcare Services Dr. Marc Richman will depart the agency to pursue opportunities consistent with his career-long interest in promoting best practices in healthcare.


Dover, DE - 38 Correctional Officer cadets graduated today from the 233rd Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT) Academy and took their oaths of office as Delaware's newest law enforcement officers at a ceremony attended by Department of Correction leadership and staff, family and friends.

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