Prison Overcrowding: Delaware

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Delaware’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s corrections system, as well as helpful references and points of contact. 

Facts and Figures 2008-2009

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget: $2,494,514 million
  • Average annual cost per inmate: $30,000

DOC Population

  • Total number of facilities: 11
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 20,000
  • Delaware’s five sanctioning options:
    • Level V = Jail or Prison
    • Level IV = Work Release, Residential Drug Treatment, Home Confinement, Violation of  Probation Incarceration
    • Level III = Intensive Probation Supervision
    • Level II = Probation Supervision
    • Level I = Unsupervised Probation

Organization of state divisions, view here.

Prisons compete with private-industry: yes


  • Facilities: 7
  • Population: 15,812

Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • Approximately 97% of the inmate population will eventually be released to the community.

Points of Contact

General inquiries about the Department’s activities should be directed to the Community Relations Office at (302) 739-5601. E-mail inquiries can be directed to

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.

Helpful Links

Delaware Department of Corrections

See also:

Florida Prison Overcrowding