Green Bay Correctional Institution
Mr. Scott Eckstein, Warden
2833 Riverside Drive
P.O. Box 19033
Green Bay, WI 54307-9033
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- To ensure the safety of the public, our staff, and the offenders by operating a safe, secure and humane institution.
- To provide the offenders with opportunities to participate in meaningful programs and activities.
- To increase successful reintegration into the community by preparing and guiding offenders in making necessary life changes as well as helping with resources for essential reentry into society.
Special historical notes and other institutional information
The Green Bay Correctional Institution is a maximum-security correctional facility that is administered by the DOC, Division of Adult Institutions. It is centrally located in Brown County between Green Bay, De Pere and the Fox and East Rivers.
In 1897, the Wisconsin Legislature approved $75,000 for construction of a state reformatory for male offenders who ranged in age from 17-30 years (in addition to the Waupun prison that housed older offenders). The State of Wisconsin purchased 198 acres of land and an old brick bicycle factory, which became the Wisconsin State Reformatory (WSR) and temporarily housed eight inmates, then transferred from Waupun on August 31, 1898.
Significant prison construction over the next two decades included the North Cell Hall from 1898 – 1904, the South Cell Hall and prior administration building from 1915 – 1922, and a wooden fence by 1916. In 1923, the wooden fence was replaced by the existing 22-foot concrete wall.
To alleviate overcrowding in 1932, the Legislature narrowed the age range of the offenders housed at WSR to 16 to 25 years of age. In 1972, WSR became an adult male, maximum-security prison. The name was changed to the Green Bay Correctional Institution on July 1, 1979.
The majority of the now 29-acre grounds is contained within the perimeter walls. GBCI’s population of just over 1,000 offenders is housed in the two original 294-bed cell halls, one dormitory unit (112 beds), mainstream unit (25 beds), and one 150-bed restrictive housing unit. Other areas include a kitchen, two dining rooms, power plant, textiles facilities, school (academic and vocational), health service unit, chapel, psychological/social service areas, maintenance facilities (including yard and garden), indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, a shower building, a visiting room, and administrative offices.