Wisconsin Department of Corrections

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Wisconsin Department of Corrections
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Seal of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Seal of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionWisconsin, USA
Operational structure
HeadquartersMadison, Wisconsin
Agency executive
  • Kevin Carr, Secretary

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is an administrative department in the executive branch of the state of Wisconsin responsible for corrections in Wisconsin, including state prisons. As of June, 2018, the department is administered by Secretary Cathy Jess. The DOC secretary is a cabinet member appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin and confirmed by the Wisconsin Senate.[1] Divisions of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections include: the Division of Juvenile Corrections, the Division of Adult Institutions, the Division of Community Corrections and Division of Management Services. It has its headquarters in Madison.[2]

In June 2008, over 120 minimum-security supervised inmate workers were used to assist in filling sandbags and flood cleanup during the flooding.[3]

Division of Adult Institutions[edit]

The Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) oversees 19 adult institutions and 17 adult correctional centers, along with the Office of Program Services, the Bureau of Correctional Enterprises, the Bureau of Health Services and the Bureau of Offender Classification and Movement.[4] The Wisconsin Correctional Center System consists of 14 adult male facilities statewide that assist inmates in reintegration to the community.[5] The Wisconsin Women's Correctional System includes Taycheedah Correctional Institution and two adult female correctional centers.

Male inmates entering the prison system first go to Dodge Correctional Institution before being given permanent assignments, and female inmates to Taycheedah Correctional Institution.[6]

Division of Juvenile Corrections[edit]

The Division of Juvenile Corrections operates three juvenile facilities and several regional offices in the Northwest and Southeast.

Secured juvenile correctional facilities include:[7]

  • Lincoln Hills School and Copper Lake School are located in Irma, WI.
  • The Grow Academy is a residential program offering comprehensive treatment for county and state-supervised youth as an alternative to incarceration, as well as a step down for youth returning to the community.

The state also uses residential care centers and works with the Department of Health Services in relation to the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC).[8]

Facilities that are now closed include:

Division of Community Corrections[edit]

The function of the Division of Community Corrections is to supervise offenders (more than 68,000 as of 2017) on probation, parole or extended supervision,[11] which includes the operation and maintenance of the Wisconsin sex offender registry program.[12]


List of Wisconsin state prisons

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, no officer has died in the line of duty.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WI DOC-Leadership.
  2. ^ Home page. Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Retrieved on September 12, 2018.
  3. ^ DOC Staff and Inmates Assisting with Response to Flooding and Storms in Eight Wisconsin Communities. June 9, 2008.
  4. ^ Division of Adult Institutions.
  5. ^ Wisconsin Correctional Center System.
  6. ^ "WI DOC Incarceration Lifecycle".
  7. ^ "Secured Juvenile Correctional Facilities." Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Retrieved on July 5, 2010.
  8. ^ "Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC)." Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Retrieved on July 30, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Johnson, Mike. "Millions spent on improvements to Ethan Allen School." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. March 6, 2011. Retrieved on September 22, 2011.
  10. ^ "Southern Oaks Girls School." Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Retrieved on July 5, 2010.
  11. ^ "Division of Community Corrections (DCC)". State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  12. ^ WI DOC Sex Offender Registry
  13. ^ Officer Down Memorial Page

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