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WI DOC - Winnebago Correctional Center (WCC)

State Prison

Last Updated: March 31, 2020
4300 Sherman Rd, Winnebago, WI 54985-0128

Winnebago Correctional is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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WI DOC - Winnebago Correctional Center (WCC) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 920-424-0402

The inmates housed at Winnebago Correctional located at 4300 Sherman Rd in Winnebago, 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.

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Information on the Winnebago Correctional Center (WCC)

Winnebago Correctional Center (WCC) is located on the shores of Lake Winnebago and is contained on 43 acres of state land in two, multi-story brick buildings that house 250 male inmates. The center was opened in 1974 to replace a minimum-security bunkhouse at the Winnebago State Farm and housed inmate farm workers. Fifty-five permanent staff (41 security and 14 non-security) members provide supervision and programs to the inmates. The Winnebago State Farm closed in the early 1990s to facilitate expansion at Oshkosh Correctional Institution.

WCC's current operating capacity is 266 adult male inmates. The center is part of the Wisconsin Correctional Center System, an "institution" comprised of 14 adult male correctional centers overseen by a single warden, whose office is centrally located in Madison.

Programs Offered at WCC

WCC presently provides community-based work release experience to inmates who are preparing for their return to the community. While inmates enjoy the privilege of gaining work experience in the community, they also pay room, board, transportation fees, as well as court-ordered restitution, fines, and child support. All inmates who have been granted the privilege of work release must complete and pay for employability skills training that assists them in job retention while at Winnebago and upon return to the community. All inmates at Winnebago contribute significant hours of community service labor to area communities free of charge during the free-time hours.

WCC offers work release programs with local employers through which employment is provided for qualified inmates, with an emphasis made on maintaining that employment placement after the inmate’s release. Funds earned through work release help to pay fees, restitution and other obligations. Offsite work opportunities are determined based on an evaluation of risk and of each individual’s case. Placements cannot be guaranteed for all eligible inmates. Work release and offsite opportunities are a privilege, not a right, and are provided at the discretion of the center superintendent and warden. Additional programs vary and are available for inmates with identified needs, and based on available volunteers and community partners.

Community Enhancement

The WCC project crew assists local government agencies and non-profit organizations on a variety of work projects, incorporating a positive work experience, building new skills, and giving back to the community. Community service opportunities are also offered with staff or agency supervision.


The “lifecycle” of an inmate’s incarceration is comprised of three basic components, beginning at intake and continuing through their release into the community.
Reception, Orientation and Assessment
Dodge Correctional Institution (male) and Taycheedah Correctional Institution (female) function as the primary reception or intake sites within the adult prison system. During the intake processes, inmates will be oriented regarding numerous matters, such as:
• Security expectations - institution rules, movement, property regulations, and other safety issues.
• Daily living expectations - hygiene, meals, housekeeping, mail, phone calls, and visiting.
• Business matters - inmate accounts, restitution and other legal obligations, canteen, legal loans, and money transactions.
A primary function of intake is Assessment and Evaluation. Inmates are evaluated by Health Services, Psychological Services, and Classification. This process takes approximately eight weeks. At the conclusion, an Initial Classification staffing is conducted. This staffing determines inmate custody, program assignments, and recommended site placements. After the staffing decision is approved, if a site other than the intake site is selected, inmate transfer will occur as soon as space is available at the receiving site.

Options and Opportunities During Incarceration
When an inmate arrives at his or her assigned facility, they are provided with information about programs available to them while incarcerated.

Aside from primary education, treatment and skills training programs, many other activities are available to inmates during incarceration. These vary by facility and may include:

  • Community Service
  • Parenting
  • Vermaculture
  • Dog Training
  • Recovery Support Groups
  • Veterans Assistance
  • Gardening
  • Recreation
  • Visiting
  • Hobby/Craft Activities
  • Religious Study & Services
  • Work Assignments
  • Music
  • Restorative Justice


The DOC is a "Local Education Agency," which can be defined as a public authority legally recognized as an administrative agency for public elementary or secondary education. Within the DOC, the Division of Adult Institutions offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Career Technical Education (CTE/Vocational) programs at 18 correctional institutions and nine correctional centers for eligible inmates who are identified as having an academic or vocational need.

The ABE program includes General Education Development (GED); High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED); and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The CTE/Vocational Program includes 23 vocational areas of study, with 13 possible apprenticeship opportunities. As of July 2016, the DOC has added post-secondary educational opportunities for associate and bachelor degree programs, in collaboration with the state's technical college system and four-year colleges and universities. For more information on ABE and CTE/Vocational programs, please see Opportunities and Options Resource Guide, which is available in both English and Spanish.

Screenings and assessments intended to evaluate an inmate’s educational literacy levels and needs are completed as part of DAI’s overall Assessment and Evaluation for Primary Education.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Programs

  • English as a Second Language
  • General Education Development (GED)
  • High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)

Career Technical Education (CTE)/Vocational Programs

  • Auto Maintenance
  • Barbering and Cosmetology
  • Braille Transcription
  • Building Maintenance and Construction
  • Cabinetry and Cabinet Making
  • Commercial Bakery
  • Computer-Assisted Drafting
  • Computer Help Desk
  • Computer Literacy
  • Computer Numerical Controls
  • Culinary Arts and Food Service
  • Custodial Services
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanics
  • Horticulture
  • Institution Food Production
  • Machine Tool Operations
  • Masonry
  • Motorcycle, Marine, and Outdoor Products
  • Multi-Operational Aide
  • Office Assistant/Aide
  • Office Software Applications
  • Printing
  • Welding

Preparing for Release
The overall goal of pre-release planning is to assist inmates in their preparation for returning to their communities by:
• Providing individualized release planning with an assigned social worker, in connection with an assigned DCC probation and parole agent.
• Encouraging and establishing positive contact with family and/or other support systems to initiate, maintain, and finalize release planning.
• Establishing appropriate post-release residency and treatment plans, as needed.
• Offering options for post-release employment and/or educational opportunities.
• Providing referrals and resources for assistance throughout the pre-release process.
• Encouraging participants to take personal responsibility for his/her actions now and in the future.

Electronic messages can be sent to and from DOC inmates through the CorrLinks system, sometimes also referred to as the kiosk. Inmates must initiate the contact by adding the friend or family member to their contact list. An auto-generated request that includes the inmate name and DOC number is then sent by CorrLinks to the friend/family member’s email address.

To accept the request, click the link in the email to be taken to the CorrLinks website where you can create an account at no cost. Any individual who receives a contact request or message from an inmate can also choose not to accept, not to respond, or may block a request, which prevents the inmate from contacting you further.

The cost to send an electronic message is $0.05 per message. Messages stay within the CorrLinks system and will not be sent to your personal email account; you will need to log in to CorrLinks each time you wish to send/receive a message. CorrLinks is similar to an email service and is not “instant messaging.” All messages are reviewed by staff for appropriateness.

It is important to note that not all facilities are able to offer inmates the same frequency of access to kiosks. An inmate at a correctional center likely has more frequent access to a kiosk than an inmate at a maximum security facility.

Visit the CorrLinks website for more information. From the website, you can register for a new account, log in, or block an inmate-initiated request. You can also view terms and conditions, FAQs, or reach customer support.

Inmate Locator

WI DOC - Winnebago Correctional Center (WCC) 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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Covid Visitation Information

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has established a public support line for questions related to COVID-19. The call center can be reached by members of the public Monday through Friday from 7:45 am–4:30 pm at (608) 240-5700.

Visitation Information

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections and the Winnebago Correctional Center encourages visitation of an inmate’s family and loved ones to promote constructive personal relationships and to provide support for the inmate.

The inmate is responsible for mailing the visitor questionnaire (form DOC-21AA) to a proposed visitor.
The visitor questionnaire must be returned to the center through the mail; the forms may not be dropped off. Visiting forms must be addressed to WCC visiting; forms mailed directly to the inmate will not be accepted.
The inmate will be notified when a visitor has been added or removed from their visiting list.

Visitor identification and attire requirements are posted for visitors in the entrance hallway. Visitors who cannot provide proper identification will be denied entry.

Weekends and Holidays: 1:00pm - 4:30pm Tuesday evening*: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Professional Visits: 7:45am - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday, by prior arrangement (legal, pastoral, etc.)
*If a holiday falls on a Tuesday there will be no evening visits.

Note: Visitors who do not arrive 30 minutes prior to the end of visiting hours will not be admitted.

WCC recognizes the following holidays for visiting purposes:

New Year’s Day January 1
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Independence Day July 4th
Labor Day First Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day Last Thursday in November
Christmas Day December 25th


  • All visitors must complete the visitors slip and be on the inmate’s approved visitors list.
  • All visitors have two chances to pass the metal detector. Failure to pass will result in a denied visit.
  • Inmates are not permitted to pass or receive items during a visit without authorization.
  • Inmates will be allowed a brief embrace and kiss with their visitors once at the beginning and once at the end of the visit.
  • Inmates are required to sit directly across the table from their wife, girlfriend, fiancé or significant other and must face the visiting room sergeant.
  • Inmates and visitors must keep both hands above the table at all times.
  • Visitors who leave the visiting area may not re-enter the building on that given day.
  • Inmates may not return to their room without permission of the sergeant on duty.
  • Inmates may not to enter the kitchen area for any reason without staff permission.
  • Inmates are not allowed personal mugs, cups or bowls during a visit.
  • Parents are responsible for supervising their children during visits. Visiting children must be kept under control at all times. In the event staff observe children who are not under control, the visit will be terminated and the children may be prevented from entering the center again in the future.
  • An adult must accompany any visitor under the age of 18.
  • Visiting with other inmate’s visitors is not allowed.
  • Visitors are required to use the bathroom facilities in the visiting area. Inmates may not enter visitor bathrooms for any reason.
  • Inmates may only use the designated inmate bathrooms and only with permission from staff.
  • All packages and containers will be searched by uniformed staff.
  • Purses and diaper bags are not permitted into the center. Diapers, individual wipes, plastic baby bottles, and toddler cups should be carried in a paper or plastic bag.
  • No property items for inmates may be brought in on visits.
  • No money orders or certified checks are to be brought in on visits.
  • Visitors may not bring any food, beverages or smoking materials into the center.
  • All food items from the vending machine must be consumed during the visit.
  • No personal property (including watches, cellular phones, pagers, PDA’s, or cameras) is allowed inside the center, except for baby supplies and a maximum of $10 in cash (for the vending machines).
  • Breast-feeding of children and changing of infant diapers is allowed only in the female visitor bathroom.
  • Inmates are responsible for cleaning off the table at the end of their visit.
  • The use of offensive, loud, or vulgar language will result in the termination of your visit.
  • Inmates are not permitted to handle money.
  • Due to space limitations, if the visiting room should fill up, the first visit started will also be the first visit terminated.

Special visitors must live a distance of 200 miles or a 4 hour drive from the center, may not be on the inmate’s regular approved visiting list, and are intended for a ONE TIME visit only.
Requests for special visits must be submitted to the inmate’s social worker in advance of the visiting day and must specify the exact date of the visit.
The request must include the name of visitor(s); relationship to inmate; address; and date of birth.

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