Black River Correctional Center
Mr. Matthew Gerber, Superintendent
W6898 E Staffon Road
Black River Falls, WI 54615-6426
Information about Black River Correctional Center
The Black River Correctional Center (BRCC) is located east of Black River Falls, in Jackson county. The current capacity is designed for 114 adult male inmates. BRCC is committed to evidence-based practices (EBP) towards the core principles of effective intervention strategies. EBP is defined as the progressive, organizational use of direct, current scientific evidence to guide and inform efficient and effective correctional program service provision. Validated assessment of criminogenic risk and need, followed by application of research-driven intervention strategies will ultimately result in reduced recidivism and improved public safety for all citizens of Wisconsin. he end result is effective correctional interventions.
Programs offered at BRCC
BRCC’s primary program, the Earned Release Program (ERP) is pursuant to Wisconsin State Statutes, Sec 302.05, and utilize two primary core curriculums: Thinking for a Change (T4C) and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA). In conjunction with these two primary core curriculums, BRCC also utilizes a wide range of ancillary programs such as Social Skills, Advanced Social Skills, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Anger Management, Parenting, Employability, Family Reunification & Victim Empathy.
The Earned Release Program originally began in March of 2004. The program is generally six months in length, abstinence based, and includes specifically structured weekly activities.
A major emphasis of the programs is community reentry with the Division of Community Corrections agent involved from the first month of the program continuing with increasing involvement in release planning including aftercare, residence, support services, and employment. Each inmate prepares a release plan that is reviewed by staff. Upon completion of the program, the sentencing court is notified and modifies the sentence to release inmate graduates to Extended Supervision. Support groups are available both on and off site.
BRCC is committed to each inmate’s successful reintegration into society to lead substance abuse and criminality-free lives, to become successful law abiding citizens.
BRCC has a work crew that works with local governmental agencies by incorporating a positive work experience, building new skills, and giving back to the community. BRCC also provides speakers for various schools, colleges and universities as well as church groups and other community agencies. It is the expectation that every inmate participate in some facet of community service projects for non-profit organizations.
BRCC is staffed with 19 security staff, 4 substance abuse professionals, several support staff and an on-site Health Service Unit (HSU).