Black River Correctional Center
Mr. Matthew Gerber, Superintendent
W6898 E Staffon Road
Black River Falls, WI 54615-6426
Phone: (715) 333-5681
Fax: (715) 333-2708
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Information About Black River Correctional Center
The Black River Correctional Center (BRCC) is located east of Black River Falls, in Jackson County. BRCC opened as a correctional “camp” for boys in 1962, when persons under 21 were not charged with felony crimes in adult court. In 1972, the law changed and BRCC was converted to an adult male facility. In December of 2003, BRCC was converted to a "boot camp" program, until its focus changed to a low risk, Earned Release Program in September of 2014. The current operating capacity is 114 adult male inmates. The center is part of the Wisconsin Correctional Center System, an "institution" comprised of 14 adult, male correctional centers that is overseen by a single warden, whose office is centrally located in Madison.
Programs Offered at BRCC
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 is committed to the use of evidence-based practices in furtherance of the core principles of effective intervention strategies. BRCC’s primary program, the Earned Release Program, is pursuant to Wisconsin State Statutes, Sec 302.05, and utilizes the core curriculum Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse. The low-risk program is generally 90-days in length, is abstinence based, and includes specially structured weekly activities.
A major emphasis of the program is community reentry, involving the inmate’s Division of Community Corrections agent from the first month of the program and with increasing involvement that addresses aftercare, residence, support services, and employment during release planning. 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 on Extended Supervision. Support groups are available both on and off site.
The BRCC work crew assists local government agencies on a variety of projects, incorporating a positive work experience, building new skills, and giving back to the community. BRCC inmates also serve as speakers for various schools, colleges and universities, church groups and other community agencies. It is the expectation that every inmate participate in community service projects for non-profit organizations in some way. BRCC employs 19 security staff, four substance abuse professionals, several support staff and a health service unit.