Drug Abuse Correctional Center
Mr. Jeff Jaeger, Superintendent
4280 N. Sherman Road
P.O. Box 36
Winnebago, WI 54985-0036
Information about the Drug Abuse Correctional Center
The Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC) is located north of Oshkosh in Winnebago. The current population capacity is 300 male inmates with 220 beds designated for treatment. Population capacity allows for inmate transition into the program and for those who have completed the program and are awaiting release to community supervision. Seventy permanent staff (34 security and 41 non-security) members provide supervision and programs to the inmates, and urinalysis lab services for the DOC.
DACC strives to teach inmates to be responsible citizens by learning to make responsible choices. The ability to make those kinds of choices are interfered by the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Learning to live a responsible life requires at times the learning and relearning of cognitive and behavioral processes. DACC provides a place for inmates to practice those skills in a safe non-disruptive environment. All treatment programming is provided by certified/licensed social workers who have additional alcohol and drug counseling credential.
Programs offered at DACC
Earned Release Program
The Earned Release Program began in March, 2004. The program is six months in length, abstinence based, and includes structured weekly activity including a minimum of 35 hours of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) related treatment provided in a group setting of 10 to 12 offenders and one social worker. Treatment approaches/modalities are Cognitive-Behavioral Approach. Components include communication and social skills training, rational behavior training, AODA education, AODA dependency, AODA relapse prevention, corrective thinking, grief and anger management, stress and relaxation coping techniques, domestic violence education, victim impact, employment readiness, and re-entry initiatives.
A major emphasis of the program 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 on extended supervision. Support groups are available both on and off site.
Operating While Impaired Earned Release Program
This is a six month treatment program implemented in October 2000, for inmates convicted of operating a vehicle while impaired, 5th offense, under Wisconsin statutes s. 346.63 (1) (a), with the fifth conviction after Jan. 1, 1999. The OWI program is a research-based program, with on-going data collection, funded partially by a Byrne Law Enforcement Grant. Its mission is to enhance safety in the community by providing a continuum of abstinence based substance abuse treatment services specific to the need of the repeat OWI offender. The intensive treatment program includes a minimum of 35 hours of weekly AODA related treatment provided in a group setting of 10 to 12 inmates and one social worker. Program components include AODA education, relapse prevention, dependency and addiction, modification of high risk and thrill-seeking behaviors, rational behavior training, responsible decision making, restorative justice components, and re-entry initiatives. Support groups are available both on and off site.
DACC embraces the concepts of Restorative Justice, restoring wholeness to the community impacted by crime, which may include community service. Social services staff teach Restorative Justice concepts and develop a community service project to involve inmates in each treatment group within each program unit. DACC inmates provide community service work for many non-profit community based organizations. Additionally, the inmates have served as speakers in presentations about chemical abuse prevention.