Delaware State Records

What are Inmate Records?

Delaware inmate records contain official information, documents, and data about offenders housed in correctional institutions maintained by the state, counties or any other municipalities. Inmate records may contain information such as date of birth, physical descriptions, charges, sentence, status inmate within the correctional system, length of sentence, time served, the institution in which the inmate is being housed and more.

Delaware’s Prison Structure

Delaware Department of Corrections operates a unified correctional system that provides oversight on all correctional facilities and institutions managed by the state. The Department caters to over 6500 inmates in custody in different correctional facilities and about 17,000 persons on probation within the community. The agency is divided into multiple divisions, including a Bureau of Prison that is responsible for the management and administration of the four correctional facilities in the state.
  1. Howard R Young Correctional Institution
  2. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution
  3. James T Vaughn Correctional Center
  4. Sussex Correctional Center

Delaware has 5 levels of supervision for offenders in the State

  • Level I - Administrative Supervision
  • Level II - Standard Probation
  • Level III - Intensive Probation Supervision
  • Level IV - Persons under electronic monitoring/home confinement, work release centers, residential drug treatment or under supervision in a Violation of Probation Center.
  • Level V - Persons under 24-hour supervision and incarcerated in a jail or prison

How to Send Money to an Inmate in a Delaware Facility

Inmates in Delaware correctional facilities may receive funds by money order containing the offender’s

  1. Full name
  2. Name the institution the offender is housed
  3. SBI number
  4. The sender’s full name

Money orders may be sent by mail to the institution’s mailing address, Funds received will be deposited into the inmate’s commissary account with a business day of receipt. The sender may also drop off the money order with the offender during a scheduled visit except if the inmate is housed at the Howard R. Young Correctional facility, which does not permit a money order drop-offs during visits.

Can Anyone Visit an Inmate?

Anyone may visit an inmate except for those restricted due to age or criminal records. Former staff members of the corrections facility are also prevented from visiting inmates unless they are immediate family. Persons younger than 18 may visit a corrections facility provided they are accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or a responsible adult 21 years and older.

Visiting An Inmate

Procedure for visiting an inmate may differ from one facility to the other, depending on the facility the inmate of interest is located. It is advisable to contact that facility or visit the DOC official website to review their applicable rules and procedures. Generally, an inmate may provide a visitor’s application form to prospective visitors and submit it for processing on their behalf. All visitors must prior to their visits schedule a visiting appointment by contacting the particular institution housing the inmate. Visits are only by appointment.

Visitors must arrive with acceptable, valid photo identification such as driver’s license, passport, state or federal government-issued IDs. Visits may be with or without contact, depending on the circumstances. The institution determines the type of visit an inmate is allowed to have.

Each facility may limit the number of persons permitted to visit an inmate at a time, usually between 3 to 4 persons including minors. Visitors are usually not able to cancel or change scheduled visits. In addition, visitors must arrive between 15 to 30 minutes of the visiting time. Below are the general schedules for facilities in the state.

Baylor Women's Correctional Institution

A prospective visitor must call (302) 577-5837 t to schedule a visit in advance. Scheduling calls are received from Monday to Wednesday for visitors intending to visit the following week. Visiting days are Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The facility is located at:

660 Baylor Boulevard
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: (302) 577-3004

Howard R. Young Correctional Institution (HRYCI)

A prospective visitor must schedule their visit a week before. The visitation desk accepts scheduling calls on (302) 575-0330 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.

Prospective visitors are required to provide the SBI number and/or date of birth of the inmate they intend to visit during the scheduling call. The date of birth, telephone numbers, and addresses of all visitors being scheduled for a visit must also be provided.

Howard R. Young Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 9561
Wilmington, DE 19809

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC)

All prospective visitors must schedule their visit a week before their intended visit by contacting the scheduling desk between 8: a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on (800) 282-8602 for inmates with last names beginning with A-J, and (800) 722-0252 for inmates with e last names beginning from K to Z. Visits are from Monday through Sunday. Out of state callers can dial (302) 653-4828 to schedule a visit. The institution’s physical address is at:

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
1181 Paddock Road
Smyrna, DE 19977

Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI)

Visitors can call (302) 856-5545 Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m.and 3:00 p.m. to schedule a visit. The institution is located at:

Sussex Correctional Institution
Building & Tier where an inmate is housed
P O Box 500
Georgetown DE 19947

How to Obtain Inmate Records from State Correctional Facilities

Information on persons in custody can be obtained using the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) network. It allows interested persons to find offenders in any correctional institutions under the DOC and provides updates on the custody status of the inmate. To find an offender using VINE, an inquirer must:

  • Visit the VINE website
  • Select Delaware state as the state of search on the VINE homepage
  • Search for an inmate by name, date of birth or identification number
  • An interested person may also register to be notified of the status of the inmate while in the DOC’s custody.
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Contact:(302) 202-6607

Results Include

Full Criminal Case Details:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Blackmail
  • Conspiracy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Felonies
  • Firearms
  • Fraud
  • Infractions
  • Kidnapping
  • Larceny
  • Manslaughter
  • Mayhem
  • Misdemeanors
  • Murder
  • Obstruction
  • Perjury
  • Parole Violation
  • Probation Violation
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Solicitation
  • Theft

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

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