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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 4,500 - 5,000 inmates within our correctional facilities and approximately 13,000 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 - Jail describes those offenders serving one year or less.)
  • 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

Daily Population Summary

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*Numbers reflect 24hrs delay
1Numbers Include Level 5 and Level 4 Offenders

News

3.15.2023

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction invites community members who are considering a career in law enforcement and corrections to attend a Correctional Officer Hiring Event on Saturday, March 18 in Dover.

3.9.2023

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) is taking applications from community members to participate in its Spring 2023 Citizens Academy which begins April 18 in Dover.

2.24.2023

New Castle, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction announced today that John Brennan, Security Superintendent of James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC), has been promoted to Deputy Warden of Baylor Women's Correctional Institution (BWCI), effective February 27. Brennan fills the vacancy created when then-BWCI Deputy Warden Kimberly Hughey was promoted to BWCI Warden in December 2022.

2.13.2023

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that it has expanded in-person visitation to two adults and two children per inmate visit, effective immediately.

2.09.2023

Georgetown, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction invites community members who are considering a career in law enforcement and corrections to attend a Correctional Officer Hiring Event this Saturday, February 11 in Georgetown.

1.19.2023

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today the appointment of Alan Clark as Director of Internal Affairs and the appointment of Daniel Roberts as Correctional Food Service Administrator.

1.11.2023

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that it has been recognized within the corrections industry for the best correctional officer recruitment video of 2022.

1.4.2023

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that Deputy Warden Christopher Kearney of Howard R. Young Correctional Institution has been appointed Deputy Warden of the DOC Special Operations Group, Deputy Warden Natasha Hollingsworth of James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has been appointed Deputy Warden at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, and Correctional Captain Timothy Radcliffe of Baylor Women's Correctional Institution has been promoted to Deputy Warden of Kent County Community Corrections.

12.29.2022

Dover, DE - As 2022 draws to a close the Delaware Department of Correction marks the success of its decade-long effort to earn national accreditation across DOC facilities from the American Correctional Association (ACA).

12.16.2022

New Castle, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction announced today that Kimberly Hughey, Deputy Warden of Baylor Women's Correctional Institution (BWCI), has been promoted to BWCI Warden effective December 18.

12.07.2022

Georgetown, DE - This past week the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) recognized Correctional Officers and medical professionals for saving the life of a Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI) inmate who experienced a sudden life-threatening cardiac arrest earlier this year.

11.16.2022

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) is currently seeking bids to provide contracted behavioral health and substance abuse assessments, group-based counseling and treatment, and community services referrals for probationers.

10.28.2022

Dover, DE - Probation Officers will be keeping a watchful eye on high risk probationers this Halloween as the Delaware Department of Correction does its part to support safe and fun Halloween festivities.

10.19.2022

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that Deputy Bureau Chief of Prisons Paul Shavack has been appointed to the newly established position of Department of Correction Chief of Staff, Howard R. Young Correctional Institution Warden Akinbayo Kolawole has been promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief of Prisons, Baylor Women's Correctional Institution (BWCI) Warden Brian Emig has been appointed Warden of Howard R. Young Correctional Institution (HRYCI), and Deputy Warden of Special Operations Michael Merson has been promoted to Warden of the Special Operations Group (SOG). All appointments become effective on October 24.

10.18.2022

Georgetown, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) today announced the arrests of two individuals in connection with an attempt to deliver illegal narcotics to an inmate at Sussex Correctional Institution.

10.14.2022

Dover, DE - Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Monroe B. Hudson Jr. announced today that DOC Chief of Administrative Services John Sebastian has been appointed Chief of Community Corrections, State Finance Department Human Resources Administrator Christine Dunning has been appointed Chief of Administrative Services, and DOC Correctional Food Services Administrator Wendal Lundy has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Administrative Services.

10.03.2022

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) today announced a $10,000 signing bonus for new Correctional Officer recruits, effective immediately.

09.26.2022

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that Kent County Community Corrections Deputy Warden Kent Raymond has been promoted to Warden of Kent County Community Corrections (KCCC).

08.26.2022

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that the restriction to inperson visitation to one adult visitor per inmate, which was established in late May amid increasing COVID-19 transmission in the community, is being lifted.

08.02.2022

Dover, DE - Department of Correction Commissioner Monroe B. Hudson Jr. today announced that he has appointed Bureau of Community Corrections Chief Terra Taylor as Deputy Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC), effective August 2.

07.12.2022

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) is taking applications from community members to participate in its Fall 2022 Citizens Academy which begins September 27 in Kent County.

06.30.2022

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that Major Michael Merson, Security Superintendent of DOC's Special Operation Group, has been promoted to Deputy Warden of the Special Operations Group (SOG) effective July 3.

06.28.2022

Georgetown, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that Kent County Community Corrections Warden Scott Ceresini has been named Warden of Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI). Warden Ceresini's promotion becomes effective this week.

06.24.2022

Dover, DE - On Wednesday, June 29 at 1:00 p.m. the Delaware Department of Correction invites you to join its next 'DOC Insider Series' webinar with a focus on Prison Healthcare.

05.26.2022

Dover, DE - The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announced today that in-person visitation to all of its Level V prison and Level IV work release and violation of probation facilities is now limited to one adult visitor per inmate.

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