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How Are Inmate Records in Delaware Created and Stored?

Delaware Inmate records are created by various members of law enforcement and the state department of corrections. The paper trail begins when someone is arrested, and a RAP sheet is created and entered into the computer. This first document includes the suspect’s name, address, physical description, and details about the crime. Once they are placed in custody and attend a hearing, a trial or get moved from jail to prison, the file is updated. All inmate records in the state of Delaware are managed and maintained by the Delaware Department of Correction making it easy to perform a Delaware inmate search.

How to Find if Someone is in Jail or Prison in Delaware?

Although Delaware inmate records are kept in an online database, the Delaware Department of Correction does not have a Delaware inmate locator feature on its own website. They do, however, encourage visitors to use the VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network to find offenders incarcerated in the state. Using this system, someone can look up a Delaware inmate. The information there is updated from the DOC and available 24 hours per day. Additionally, victims of offenders can register to be notified if a specific inmate will be released or is moved. When performing an official Delaware inmate search, always contact the state DOC to find an inmate. When performing a private search for inmate records, try the Infotracer search tool.

What Does Delaware’s Prison System Look Like?

The Delaware prison system is comprised of a few different types of facilities and programs. The Bureau of Prisons runs the four main prison facilities within the Delaware Department of Correction. The Bureau of Community Corrections manages the community corrections facilities. The pieces that make up the prison system are:

  • 4 Main State Prisons
  • 1 Youth Detention Center, as part of state prison for more difficult youth offenders
  • 4 Juvenile Detention Centers and Programs
  • 5 Community Corrections facilities & Work Release Programs
  • 7 Parole and Probation Facilities/Community Corrections

The state of Delaware does not have any federal prisons. They hold severe juvenile delinquents in a prison that also houses adults. They also have four separate facilities for youth offenders.

Did you Know?

  • 92% of prison inmates in Delaware are male, 8% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in Delaware increased by 359 percent (from $61,049,599 to $280,152,000).
  • As of 2016, there were 538 women in Delaware federal prisons.
  • Between 2007 and 2016, the Delaware prison population decreased by 9%
  • Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000) in Delaware is 176, which is lower than national average of 450 by 61%.

Types of Jails/Prisons in Delaware

Delaware has a few state prisons, some community corrections facilities, and one juvenile detention center, which is a separate unit within one of the adult prisons. They also other juvenile facilities for less at-risk youth. One of the state facilities, the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, is for women prisoners only. Delaware does not have any local jails, therefore a Delaware jail inmate search will be impossible. All inmates awaiting a hearing or trial go to one of the short-term units in a state prison facility. Delaware also has a Bureau of Correctional Healthcare Services unit which manages inmates with mental illness or addictions who require treatment and other healthcare services.

How Many People are Locked up in Delaware?

Delaware’s prison system holds 6,585 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 6,573 residents are held in state prisons, 12 in juvenile correctional facilities.

Correctional Facilities: Totals:
Juvenile Correctional Facilities12
State Prisons6,573

Delaware State Prisons

Delaware has four main state prisons. Three of them house adult males only. One houses only adult females. The state prisons in Delaware are:

  • Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution
  • Howard R. Young Correctional Institution
  • James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
  • Sussex Correctional Institution

 

All four prisons hold both pre-trial and sentenced individuals. The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center also conducts executions. The Sussex Correctional Institution has a wing specifically for dangerous youth offenders. The Howard R. Young Correctional Institute has an intensive drug treatment program called the KEY Program. This facility was initially designed to house drug traffickers and other drug-related offenders.

How to Perform a Delaware Prison Inmate Search

The entire prison system in Delaware is overseen and managed by the Delaware Department of Correction. Although they do not have an inmate locator feature built into their website, they do offer visitors information on how to contact inmates through the mail and receive calls from them. They also provide information on how to send money or gifts to inmates. They urge family and friends to use the VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network to look up a Delaware inmate incarcerated in one of their prisons or community corrections facilities.

Delaware County Jails

Delaware has a few community corrections facilities to hold released inmates and provide them with transitional housing and a program of reentry before merging with society. The list of community corrections facilities in Delaware includes:

  • Central Violation of Probation
  • Hazel D. Plant Women’s Treatment Facility
  • Morris Community Corrections Center
  • Plummer Community Corrections Center
  • Dover Probation & Parole
  • New Castle Probation & Parole & Day Reporting Center
  • Northern New Castle County Adult Probation & Parole
  • Georgetown Probation & Parole
  • Seaford Probation & Parole
  • Sussex Community Corrections Center
  • Sussex Violation of Probation
  • Sussex Work Release Center

 

How to Search for Community Corrections Facility Inmates?

All of the community corrections facilities and services fall under the direction of the Bureau of Community Corrections within the Delaware Department of Correction. Anyone looking for information on an inmate housed at one of these facilities can contact them directly, or they can try using the VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network to locate an inmate.

Delaware Juvenile Detention Centers

The state of Delaware has a Youthful Criminal Offender Program (YCOP). They house serious juvenile offenders in a segregated unit of the Sussex Correctional Institution. The YCOP includes a strong focus on education combined with rehabilitation and behavioral modification therapy. According to the Department of Correction, they also include “Prison Arts, religious worship, and outdoor recreation.” With good behavior, youth offenders are allowed weekly visitors; they can make daily phone calls and visit the commissary. This unit houses only males from 16-18 years old. The population is made up of severe or violent offenders. The state also has four other facilities for youth offenders, and they are:

  • New County Castle Detention Center - 64 beds, serves both male and female juvenile offenders
  • Stevenson House Detention Center - 55 beds, serves both male and female juvenile inmates
  • Ferris School - 72 beds, serves males 13-18 for short-term stays less than six months
  • Residential Cottages - three secure facilities designed to assist adjudicated youth with reentry into society

 

Juvenile Population in Custody During 2011-2016 years

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Total111273812
Male111273812
Female000000

How to Search for Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

Each of the juvenile detention centers is overseen by the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families. Depending on the custody level/security, many youths have the right to visitation and phone calls. Friends and family may contact either the DSCYF directly or call the facility where the youth is held. Generally, juvenile records are private. Therefore, these inmates will not be listed on any online database or through the VINE system.

Delaware Community Correctional Facilities

Delaware has a few community corrections facilities to hold released inmates and provide them with transitional housing and a program of reentry before merging with society. The list of community corrections facilities in Delaware includes:

  • Central Violation of Probation.
  • Hazel D. Plant Women’s Treatment Facility.
  • Morris Community Corrections Center.
  • Plummer Community Corrections Center.
  • Dover Probation & Parole.
  • New Castle Probation & Parole & Day Reporting Center.
  • Northern New Castle County Adult Probation & Parole.
  • Georgetown Probation & Parole.
  • Seaford Probation & Parole.
  • Sussex Community Corrections Center.
  • Sussex Violation of Probation.
  • Sussex Work Release Center.

Some of these facilities deal expressly with parole and probation issues.

How to Search for Community Corrections Facility Inmates

All of the community corrections facilities and services fall under the direction of the Bureau of Community Corrections within the Delaware Department of Correction. Anyone looking for information on an inmate housed at one of these facilities can contact them directly, or they can try using the VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network to locate an inmate.

Why are People Incarcerated in Delaware?

There are only about 7,100 people incarcerated in the state of Delaware. Most of them (6,400) are in state prison, 470 are in federal prisons in other states, and 160 are in youth detention centers. The remaining 30 are in mental health facilities. More than 60% of all inmates in Delaware committed violent crimes such as murder, assault, burglary, kidnapping, or rape. A quarter of the inmates are in prison due to drug charges. A small percentage committed property violations, and the rest are detainees awaiting trial or have been sentenced due to public disorder offenses.

Delaware’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

Delaware’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 428, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 5%. The number of Delaware prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 6,585, from which 8% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 6,047 in 2016.

2011201220132014201520162017
Total439448442440442428420
Male862877861863863841830
Female40464944464137

Where Do Delaware Inmates Go When They are Released?

Delaware has a program where released inmates are transferred to work-release or community corrections facilities to help them transition smoothly from prison life back into society. The Sussex Work Release program helps inmates focus on getting steady work and finding stable housing. The average stay in a work-release house is four to six months. Some of the facilities, such as the Hazel D. Plant Women’s Treatment Facility focuses on substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation after release.

How Does Parole Work in Delaware?

Delaware has five parole facilities in the state where inmates who are released early from prison must regularly check-in with their parole officers. Early release/parole is a supervision program that comes with some strict rules that inmates must follow. If they fail to comply with any of the court's stipulations, which is called “violating parole,” they will go back to prison to serve out the rest of their sentence.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population: 387
Entries: 129
Exits: 167
Change in 2016: -8%

How Does Someone Get Probation in Delaware?

As an alternative to sending a guilty offender to jail or prison, a court has the option to sentence probation instead. What this means is the person is free to resume normal life but must follow some strict rules such as checking in with a probation officer. If they fail to comply with these rules, they will go to prison for the remainder of their probation. Probation is an opportunity for a first-time or low-risk offender to stay out of prison.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population: 15,395
Entries: 12,463
Exits: 12,714
Change in 2016: -1%

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