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WI DOC - Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center (MWCC)

State Prison

Last Updated: January 16, 2020
615 W Keefe Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Security Level
State - medium
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WI DOC - Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center (MWCC) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 414-267-6101

The inmates housed at Milwaukee Women's CC located at 615 W Keefe Ave in Milwaukee, WI are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

WI DOC - Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center - Inmate Information

Information on the Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center (MWCC)

The mission of MWCC is to provide a safe and secure environment offering services and opportunities to women to be educated and to learn viable skills; to work in the community, and to receive treatment in order for them to return to society in a more pro-social manner. The mission is based on a philosophy of commitment to new ideas and productive change.
MWCC is a facility which provides incarcerated women, their families, and the community with quality services that are measurable and carefully managed. The staff strives to maintain a safe and well-structured environment.
The majority of the women who arrive at MWCC are single mothers who have suffered some type of abuse in their lifetime. The average age is 30 years old and the primary treatment need is Alcohol or Drug Abuse Treatment (AODA). Over half of the women do not have a high school education and read at the sixth to eighth-grade level. The average sentence structure is two to six years.
MWCC utilizes numerous treatment agencies within the city of Milwaukee. The center contracts with Genesis Behavioral Services for the Phoenix 5B AODA program. MWCC also participates in the Milwaukee County House of Corrections Day Reporting Center. Other community agencies provide treatment in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault treatment, parenting domestic violence treatment; women's support group, and eating disorder groups. Inmates also have the option to participate in religious activities.
Approximately 50 percent of the women participate in the work release/study release program.
MWCC takes pride in their appearance, as well as their personal interactions. The employees at the Center are professional, dedicated, and are continually trying to improve themselves to better serve the inmates. All of our employees are valued; work in unison with each other and with other agencies; and are acknowledged for their commitment and skill.

All adult female correctional facilities, including Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center (MWCC), Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center, and Taycheedah Correctional Institution, were joined together as the Wisconsin Women's Correctional System on August 21, 2005, falling under the supervision of the TCI warden. MWCC is a minimum-security facility entrusted with the custody and supervision of adult female offenders. On December 11, 2003, the 100-bed Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Center opened its doors to staff, with inmates arriving on December 29, 2003.

Services and Programs

MWCC provides incarcerated women, their families, and the community with quality services that are measurable and carefully managed. The staff strives to maintain a safe and well-structured environment. MWCC offers an extensive array of services, including educational opportunities, alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) treatment, re-entry, and more.

The primary program offered at MWCC is a moderate- to high-risk Earned Release Program (ERP). ERP utilizes two core curriculum, Thinking for a Change (T4C) and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA). Social skills, prproblem-solvingdecision making, anger management, parenting, employability, family reunification and victim empathy are also included. The program is generally 20 weeks in length.

The work release program offers inmates employment in nearby communities in various fields, such as industrial, food service, hair care, and customer service. The program helps to successfully reintegrate inmates into society by developing job skills, positive work ethic, and self-sufficiency skills. Employment also allows inmates the ability to pay child support, restitution, and other court ordered obligations, as well as to save money for their release.

A variety of educational opportunities are available to MWCC inmates, including tutoring, GED/HSED preparation, correspondence courses, and technical education and apprenticeship programs.

Community Enhancement

Inmates are given the opportunity to volunteer for various community service programs. Giving back to the community is a priority at the center and thousands of community service hours are completed each year.

Inmate Locator

WI DOC - Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center (MWCC) is a facility in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

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Visitation Information

WI DOC - Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center - Visitation

Visiting Hours:
• 6:00 PM through 9:00 PM Tuesday and Thursday
• 1:00 PM through 4:30 PM Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays
• Visitors will not be admitted 30 minutes prior to the end of visiting hours. No property for an inmate can be left at the main entrance.

Amount of Visiting:
• Three (3) visits per week (Monday through Sunday).
• Only one visit per weekend (either Saturday or Sunday).
• Offender visitors may only visit one offender per day, one time per day.

Length of Visits:
• Three (3) hours
• NOTE: Visits may be shortened due to time and space availability.

Visitor Entrance (from DAI Policy 309.06.01 – Visiting)
A. Identification
1. All visitors age sixteen (16) or older shall provide photo identification.
2. Acceptable forms of identification are: a. Valid State driver’s license.
b. Valid passport or visa.
c. Valid Department of Transportation ID
d. Valid military ID.
e. Valid tribal ID (if it provides photo).
3. Amish visitors who do not possess photo identification as a requirement of their religion shall:
a. Provide the facility with a signed and notarized affidavit from their Bishop. The affidavit shall include the physical description of each proposed visitor.
b. The facility shall retain the original affidavit and place a copy in the respective inmate’s Visitor Information file. The visitor(s) shall retain a copy of the affidavit and shall produce it upon arrival to the facility as a means of identification.
c. Information regarding no photo identification shall be entered into the “Relatives/Associates” screen in WICS.
B. Allowed items
1. The following items are allowed to be brought into facilities by inmate visitors, should they pass inspection:
a. Money, not to exceed $20.00 for each visitor.
b. Comb, pick or brush, limited to one for each visitor.
c. Up to two (2) baby blankets for each child.
d. Up to four (4) diapers for each child. Diaper bags are not allowed.
e. Up to two (2) plastic baby bottles for each child.
f. One (1) hand-held baby seat for each child.
g. Diaper wipes. must be kept in a clear plastic bag.
h. One (1) pacifier for each child.
i. One (1) coat and one (1) pair of gloves for each visitor.
j. Headwear (provided it does not conceal identity).
k. One (1) facility locker key.
2. Visitors are permitted to bring in medically necessary medications such as but not limited to, inhalers, nitroglycerin, epi pens, etc.
C. Dress Code 1. The following is considered unacceptable and shall result in denial of entrance to the facility:
a. Watches.
b. Transparent/translucent clothing.
c. Shorts that are shorter than fingertip length with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
d. Skirts and dresses shorter than fingertip length plus three inches with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
e. Tops and dresses that are strapless, tube or halter style.
f. Camisoles and tank tops are only permissible when worn under other attire.
g. Tops and dresses that expose the midriff (front and/or back).
h. Spandex or Spandex-like and Lycra or Lycra-like clothing. Tights or leggings of this material may be worn under attire of appropriate length as identified in this section.
i. Exposed undergarments.
j. Clothing with revealing holes, tears or slits. Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images or pictures.
k. Gang-related clothing, headwear, shoes, logos or insignias.
l. Any clothing that may have the potential to cause undue attention.
2. Footwear shall be worn at all times.
3. Acceptable attire shall be worn at all times.
D. Internet “smart” technology and electronic recording equipment in any form is prohibited.
E. Search of Visitors
1. Visitors shall be permitted three attempts to successfully pass metal detection, if available. Failure to pass metal detection shall result in denial of entrance into the facility. Exceptions:
a. Visitors wearing underwire bras who cannot pass metal detection may be given an opportunity to participate in the following procedure:
i. The visitor shall be directed to a private room to remove the bra and place it a bag provided by facility staff.
ii. The visitor shall then allow facility staff to visually inspect the bag containing the bra.
iii. The visitor shall proceed through the metal detector.
iv. If the visitor successfully passes through the metal detector, they shall be directed to a private room to place the bra back on, and the visit shall be permitted.
v. If the visitor cannot successfully pass through the metal detector at this point, entrance into the facility shall be denied.
b. For visitors with special entrance needs, such as medical devices/appliances that render it impossible to clear metal detection, DAI Policy 309.06.02 shall apply.
c. Those facilities equipped with televisiting equipment outside the secure perimeter may permit visitors who cannot pass metal detection the option for a televisit.
2. Visitors with a GPS monitoring unit shall be processed per DAI Policy 309.06.02.
3. Headwear is permitted, provided it does not conceal identity and allows facility staff to verify identification of the visitor. Non-religious headwear is required to be removed for inspection prior to passing through the metal detector.
4. Visitors who have religious headwear that conceals identity are required to allow facility staff to view their face(s) in order to verify identification of the visitor, upon entry and exit of the facility. After identification, the visitor shall be permitted to replace the facial covering.
a. If the visitor is female, a female staff member shall conduct the identification verification procedure.
b. Special security precautions may be taken, as authorized by the facility Security Director/Center Superintendent, to effectively supervise the visit.
F. Breastfeeding during Visitation
1. A mother with child is permitted to breast-feed during visitation in the facility’s visiting room.
2. An area within the visiting room may be available if a mother desires to have privacy while breastfeeding, but the mother cannot be required to utilize it. 3. Mothers wishing to breast-feed cannot be required to utilize restrooms to express breast milk into bottles. They can be offered a privacy area for this, but it cannot be required.

• Parking is available in the front parking lot or on the street. There are handicap spaces available close to the building for those with valid permit.
• All vehicles must be locked.
• Move directly to and from vehicles when entering and leaving the institution. Loitering is prohibited. No loud car radios/boom boxes, etc. No picnic/tailgate parties. No horseplay.
• Verbal communication, waving, sounding and/or blinking headlights to signal inmates is prohibited.
• All MWCC property, including the parking lot, is smoke-free.
• No weapons, alcohol or illegal drugs are allowed on state property.
• Minor children are not to be left unattended in a vehicle. Law enforcement will be summoned.
• Animals are not permitted on state property. (With the exception for service animals)
• Anyone that is denied entrance to visitation, but is waiting for visitors that are approved, must leave the grounds until the end of the visit.
• Disabled/stalled vehicles must be reported to the security staff and be attended to and/or removed as soon as possible. Vehicles left on state property for over 24 hours will be towed at the owner's expense.

The entire DAI Visiting Policy for all Wisconsin Department of Corrections facilities can be viewed at http://doc.wi.gov/families-visitors/visitation-process

Failure to comply with the guidelines may result in denial of entrance or removal from the Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Center.

The Wisconsin Women’s Correctional System encourages and supports visiting opportunities to inmates and their approved visitors. The listed guidelines help ensure a safe and secure visiting environment while promoting a family atmosphere.

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Facility Type

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of WI DOC - Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center (MWCC) where they supervise adults convicted of a state crime and then sentenced to a commitment period by the County or Circuit Judge. The penalty phase of the commitment is the length of the sentence imposed and what type of facility they will spend their time in. Once the inmate is taken into custody there is an orientation period where the offender is evaluated medically and psychologically. The results of their findings will have everything to do with the level of custody the prisoner will be incarcerated.

State prison is also referred to as a correctional facility, penitentiary or detention center and is a facility in which inmates are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state. Convicted criminals are sent to prison as punishment and must follow very strict rules of conduct and order or they are held to additional punishment like loss of privileges or isolation. The address is 615 W Keefe Ave, Milwaukee, WI located in Milwaukee County.

There is a fundamental difference between jail and prison. It has everything to do with the length of stay for inmates; jail is short-term and prison is long-term. Jail is most commonly used within a criminal justice system for people charged with crimes who must be imprisoned until their trial, or those pleading or being found guilty of crimes at trial may be sentenced to a specified short period of imprisonment. Jails are usually run by local law enforcement county sheriff and/or local government police agencies.

Because prisons are designed for long-term incarceration, they are better developed for the living needs of their populations. State prison offers the inmate a more regular, routine life, the wider range of programs, better facilities and generally better food. The DOC has a bevy of disciplines for which an offender may be classified, they are Reception Centers, High Security (Males), General Population (Males), and Female Offenders.

State prison is very much like a town inside a town. There is a mayor (the warden - call 414-267-6101 for information), a store (the commissary), housing (cells), medical care (infirmary), library (law, education and lending), civic organizations (clubs), worship (chapel), a park (the recreation yard), a cafeteria (chow hall), police (correctional staff), a jail (disciplinary segregation unit, the SHU, the hole), laws (administrative rules), judges (hearings officers), and the inmates all have a job that keeps the institution operational.

There is no privacy in prison - inmates dress, shower, and use the bathroom in the company of other inmates.  Inmates are required to make their bunks and keep their personal possessions neat; All inmates wear identical clothing and must carry their identification card with them at all times.; Most possessions allowed must be purchased from the canteen; Meal times are assigned and inmates have a short time to eat and depart the chow hall, there are no seconds; Inmates are subject to searches of their person and/or cell at any time; All movements of inmates from one area to another are tightly choreographed, monitored and supervised to avaid any incidents between location changes.

Custody/Security Level

Milwaukee Women's CC is a state medium facility that resembles a high-security institution in many ways. They are designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences (usually in the 20 -year range), and inmates who have exhibited violent tendencies and require segregation from the general population. Inmates live in single and double cells with all movement restricted. The property's perimeter is double-fenced with triple-razor wire fenced perimeters, perimeter patrol and electronic surveillance, medium institutions provide a higher level of security than low facilities but there are some similarities to the controlled movement system.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about WI DOC - Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center (MWCC) that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Wisconsin

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's commissary account. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account. An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the prison. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with.

Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number. Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

Some of the money transfer firms are MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, Access Corrections, JailATM, CommissaryDeposit

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at WI DOC - Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center (MWCC) letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to WI DOC - Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center (MWCC) at 615 W Keefe Ave, Milwaukee, WI

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $5.00, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.

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