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Delaware 2017


The Prison and Jail System

Delaware has a unified system which means there is an integrated state-level prison and jail system. There are six states with unified systems. They are: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

As of December 31, 2017, the number of prisoners under the jurisdiction of State of Delaware correctional authorities was 6,140 located in 11 state facilities. The Delaware Department of Corrections had a staff of 3,192 employees and budget of $295.4 million.

The Community Corrections System

As of December 31, 2017, the Delaware community corrections population was 14,657 under probation.  Pursuant to the Truth-In-Sentencing Act of 1989, parole was abolished for all offenses committed in Delaware on June 30, 1990, or thereafter.


The National Institute of Corrections depends on publicly available information to provide the information on this page.

The statistics for budgets, employee positions, and state prison facilities data comes from state departments of corrections (DOCs), other state reports and state agencies. If data is missing for a state, then we were unable to find that information.

The data on prison population and incarcerate rate come from the Prisoner in 2017 report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). That report includes the count of prisoners in the unified systems of Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Violent and property crime rates are provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The number of counties per state comes from the United States Census Bureau.

Current jail population by state is unavailable. The most recent census was conducted by BJS in 2014.

Rates (Per 100K)

Incarceration Rate: 
Violent Crime Rate: 
Property Crime Rate: 


Prison Population: 
Probation Population: 


Number of State Prison Facilities: 
11 facilities


Cost Per Inmate: 
$ 40,650
Prison Budget: 
$ 295,400,000