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Drug Abuse Correctional Center

Druge Abuse Correctional CenterMr. Jeff Jaeger, Superintendent

4280 N. Sherman Road
P.O. Box 36
Winnebago, WI 54985-0036

Phone: (920) 236-2700
Fax: (920) 426-5601


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Information About the Drug Abuse Correctional Center
The Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC) is located north of Oshkosh in Winnebago County. 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. The current DACC population capacity is 300 adult male inmates, all of which must have an Earned Release Program (ERP) need.

Programs Offered at DACC

Earned Release Program
The Drug Abuse Correctional Center recently revamped its programming, resulting a new Earned Release Program (ERP) driven by evidence-based practices (EBP). 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 are followed by application of research-driven intervention strategies.

ERP programming is provided pursuant to Wisconsin State Statutes, Sec 302.05, and utilizes two core curriculums: Thinking for a Change (T4C) and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA). In conjunction with these primary curriculums, a wide range of ancillary programs including social skills; problem solving and decision making; anger management; parenting; employability; family reunification; and victim empathy. Inmates housed at DACC are moderate and high-risk, with participation in specific programming based upon COMPAS assessments and on-site assessments that determine needs and levels of dosage. The program is generally 20 weeks in length, but can be shorter or longer depending upon individual needs.

The mission of the ERP program is to enhance safety in the community by providing a continuum of substance abuse and criminal thinking treatment services. Services begin in a confined facility on a residential treatment unit and are continued with aftercare, intensive supervision, and monitoring of alcohol and/or drug use throughout the offender’s supervision in the community. Part of the program component also emphasizes sound work ethics. All inmates at DACC are required to fully participate in both program and work-related activities and are required to be actively involved from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and until 6:00 pm on Fridays, excluding holidays.

A major emphasis of the program is community reentry. Inmates work extensively with their respective probation and parole agent, especially when focused on release planning, such as aftercare, residence needs, support services, and employment. Each inmate prepares a release plan that is reviewed/approved by staff. The sentencing court is notified upon an inmate’s completion of the program, at which time the sentence is modified to allow release on extended supervision.

In conjunction with agent support, DACC staff are dedicated to the philosophy of family reunification and work extensively with each inmates’ family ties and support systems. It is crucial to include a family presence during specific treatment phases, not only in an effort to aid family members in better understanding criminality and substance abuse issues/recovery but also to aid in each respective inmate in their own recovery and to develop support plans for release. DACC also provides a variety of staff and volunteer facilitated support groups.

Community Enhancement

DACC embraces the concept of restorative justice—restoring wholeness to the community impacted by crime—which may include community service activities. DACC inmates provide community service work for many non-profit, community-based organizations. Additionally, DACC inmates often serve as speakers in presentations about criminality and substance abuse for various schools, colleges, universities, church groups and other community agencies and groups.