John C. Burke Correctional Center
Mr. Mark Rice, Superintendent
900 S. Madison St.
P.O. Box 900
Waupun, WI 53963-0900
Information on the John C. Burke Correctional Center (JBCC)
JBCC is located inside the city limits of Waupun on Business 151, which is also Madison Street. The center sits on 12 acres. It has a rated inmate capacity of 250 with an emergency capacity of 280. All public areas are handicap accessible.
JBCC is named after the late John C. Burke who was Warden of the Wisconsin State Prison from 1938 to 1969. Warden Burke had an illustrious career, which saw many changes in how Corrections viewed its mission over the years. Warden Burke is credited with a number of major accomplishments, including establishing a disciplinary court system and developing the inmate classification system.
The forerunner of JBCC was the Minimum Security Bunkhouse, which at one time was administratively attached to the Waupun Correctional Institution. The Bunkhouse was separated from WCI in 1988 when it became part of the Wisconsin Correctional Center System (WCCS).
The State broke ground in 1989 and JBCC was completed in July of 1990. For approximately 10 years, the center housed minimum security male inmates. The center transitioned from a male facility to a female facility in October 2000 and in 2005, supervision of the center was transferred from WCCS to the Wisconsin Women’s Correctional System. In November 2011, JBCC was converted to a minimum security male facility again under the supervision of WCCS.
Forty-four permanent staff (31 security and 13 non-security) members provide supervision and programs to the inmates. Staff classifications include food service, maintenance, social services, security, administrative, teacher, and health services.
Programs offered at JBCC
JBCC focuses on providing the following services to inmates, the DOC, and the local community: education, institution and Bureau of Correctional Enterprises work assignments, community service activities, and community project crews, and work release.
The center acts as a "gateway” for inmates moving from secure to less secure incarceration. It also houses inmates who are in transition to other minimum security facilities in Wisconsin.