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John C. Burke Correctional Center

John C. Burke Correctional CenterMr. Peter Jaeger, Superintendent

900 S. Madison St.
P.O. Box 900
Waupun, WI 53963-0900

Phone: (920) 324-3460
Fax: (920) 324-4575


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Information About the John Burke Correctional Center
John C. Burke Correctional Center (JBCC) is located in Waupun, on Business 151/Madison Street. The center is part of the Wisconsin Correctional Center System (WCCS), an institution comprised of 14 adult, male correctional centers that is overseen by a single warden whose office is centrally located in Madison.

JBCC sits on the site of what once was the Minimum Security Bunkhouse, a housing facility for the Waupun Correctional Institution, until 1988 when it was annexed by WCCS. Ground was broken on construction of the modern facilities in 1989 and completed in July of 1990. JBCC originally housed minimum-security male inmates; however, due to population fluctuations, the center transitioned to a female facility in October of 2000.Oversight was transferred from WCCS to the Wisconsin Women’s Correctional System in 2005. In November of 2011, the facility reverted to housing minimum-security males as part of WCCS.

JBCC is named after the late John C. Burke who served as warden of the Wisconsin State Prison from 1938 to 1969. Warden Burke is credited with a number of major correctional accomplishments over the course of his career, including the establishment of an internal disciplinary court system, as well as the development of the inmate classification system.

Programs Offered at JBCC

JBCC focuses on providing inmates with education, institution work assignments and work release, community service, and project crews, in preparation for their release into the community. JBCC Programs are designed to provide inmates with the incentive and motivation to develop good work habits and a sense of responsibility that will contribute to a more rewarding and successful life after incarceration.

Educational Programs
Employability skill training is a key component for inmates who are preparing to successfully obtain and retain jobs in the community.  JBCC offers a work release program through which JBCC offers individual tutoring for inmates as they work towards earning a high school equivalency diploma, in addition to the DOC's standardized pre-release curriculum.

Off-site Work Release Program
Employability skill training is a key component for inmates who are preparing to successfully obtain and retain jobs in the community.  JBCC offers a work release program through which local employers provided employment for qualified inmates. Potential local employers include Richie Lou Foods, Ryder, Northwoods Paper, Tom’s Millwork, Jor-Mac, and Domino’s Pizza. Some inmates are also employed by the Bureau of Correctional Enterprises at Waupun State Farm. Work release earnings help to pay room, board, and transportation costs; child support; and court ordered restitution, fees, and fines. Work release money also helps to establish a savings account that can be used to assist the inmate with costs associated with reentry into the community. Work release is a privilege and is provided at the discretion of the center superintendent and warden. Decisions regarding eligibility for work release are based upon many factors; appropriate placements cannot be guaranteed for all (eligible) inmates.

Community Enhancement
JBCC project and service crews work with local governmental agencies, gaining positive work experience and building new skills while also giving back to the community. These crews provide roadsides brush maintenance, painting, disaster/emergency cleanup, set up/tear down labor, and other services. Work is also performed for local schools and non-profit organizations