About the Department of Corrections
Welcome to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. The DOC is a large agency with multiple areas with one core mission: public safety. Our goal is the safe custody and supervision of offenders using the best, most effective correctional policies and procedures so citizens are protected, offenders succeed in the community, and new crime and the cost of corrections to taxpayers is reduced.
Edward F. Wall
The Department of Corrections will protect the public through the constructive management of offenders placed in its charge.
This mission will be accomplished in the following ways:
- Providing levels of supervision and control consistent with the risk posed by the offender.
- Ensuring that staff and offenders are safe.
- Ensuring that staff function professionally, honestly and with integrity.
- Being responsive and sensitive to victims, victims' families and a diverse community.
- Providing for the humane and respectful treatment of offenders.
- Providing opportunities for the development of constructive offender skills and the modification of thought processes related to criminal behavior and victimization.
- Treating a diverse workforce as valued partners by fostering staff development and effectiveness.
- Providing and managing resources to promote successful offender integration within the community.
- Holding offenders accountable for their actions through sanctions, restitution, and restoration.
- Developing individualized correctional strategies based on the uniqueness of each offender.
- Being accountable to taxpayers through efficient, effective and innovative management of resources.
- Actively responding to staff victimization and promoting wellness.
- Educating the public on what we do and how we do it.
The DOC will reduce criminal behavior and restore a sense of safety to victims and the community.
To achieve this vision we will build on our mission statement in the following ways:
- Share ownership for justice through partnerships with the criminal justice system and the community.
- Learn from the community and promote opportunities for the community to learn from us.
- Hold offenders accountable by requiring them to contribute to the recovery of victims and the community.
- Work with the community to engage offenders and prevent them from becoming anonymous.
- Promote the integration of offenders into the community so that they become valued and contributing members.
- Create a sense of community and mutual responsibility in the workplace.