DOC report shows decrease in level five prisoners, probation population

DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Department of Corrections 2019 report is out, and corrections officials tell 47 ABC they’re pleased with the year they had.

Claire DeMatteis, Commissioner for the department of corrections tells 47 ABC that since 2013, the state saw a 25% decrease in level five prisoners. Since 2013, the state also saw a seven percent decrease in probationer population.

DeMatteis tells 47 ABC the department has worked together to strengthen the system, and couldn’t do that without Governor John Carney’s support.

While she says she’s pleased with the report, the department still has one major focus.

“Recruitment and retention remain one of our absolute musts, we still have too many vacancies not enough people in our recruit classes,” DeMatteis said.

Just last week, the department revealed new classrooms inside of the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, aimed at increasing inmate education. DeMatteis says programs like that show the department’s progress.

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