Delaware Prison Statistics




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Delaware Prison Populations

James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna houses 2,400
Sussex Correctional Institution, Georgetown 1,100
Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, New Castle 400
Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, Wilmington 1,600
(As of May 2012)


Delaware Prisoners Snapshot

945 prisoners over age 50
10 prisoners over age 75
51 prisoners in wheelchairs
83 age of oldest prisoner
2,000 enrolled in chronic care clinic
46,659 sick call requests in 2011
Source: DOC statistics compiled May 15, 2012


The Harsh Reality

The biophysical age of inmates is 10 to 15 years older than their chronological age. A typical 45-year-old prisoner is like a 60-year-old, due to more drug abuse, alcohol, smoking and other lifestyle choices than is apparent in the general population. There is also more physical and mental trauma, mental illness and chronic stress, lack of regular preventive health care, and medical non-compliance, according to the 2007 book “Public Health Behind Bars.”

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