DOVER - On Tuesday, Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Monroe B. Hudson Jr. announced that DOC Director of Reentry Jessica Cline has been promoted to deputy chief of the Planning, Research & Reentry Unit. The appointment took effect Sunday.
Ms. Cline is a 24-year DOC veteran who joined the Department in 1997 as a Probation and Parole officer. She was promoted in 2006 to Probation and Parole supervisor at the Northern New Castle County Probation Office.
In 2019, Ms. Cline was named the department’s first director of reentry and has played a critical role in implementing Gov. John Carney’s Executive Order 27 to improve prisoner reentry outcomes through increased services and collaboration across state government and with community-based service providers, the DOC said.
Ms. Cline fills the position vacated by former Deputy Chief Heather Zwickert who was recently named chief of planning, research & reentry.
The DOC said the Planning, Research & Reentry Unit plays a leading role in developing and implementing evidence-based rehabilitative inmate treatment programs.. It monitors and supports reentry functions by DOC field staff, with a current focus on creating a release planning system for individuals who are preparing to leave prison custody. The unit also manages data analytics, research and data requests, accreditation and compliance activities, and policy development.