Sanger B. Powers Correctional Center
Mr. Patrick Melman, Superintendent
N8375 County Line Road
Oneida, WI 54155-9300
Information on the Sanger B. Powers Correctional Center (SPCC)
SPCC was opened in 1982 as part of the Wisconsin Correctional Center System (WCCS) to replace the aging Bunkhouse that had been operated by the Green Bay Correctional Institution. The center was renamed for Sanger B. Powers, Sr. in 1983. Mr. Powers had a long history of leadership within the State of Wisconsin, as well as the nation, in the field of corrections. Mr. Powers was responsible for many of the correctional programs that are now used as models by this and many other states. Mr. Powers’ philosophy is summed up in the following quote:
“Every individual, black, white, good or bad, is possessed of basic worth and dignity that is not statutory but is God given. Kindness, courtesy and respect for offenders as our fellow man can supply motivation for change by example. An undiscovered talent, a misapplied ability, a single wasted or misguided life is a threat to our capacity to survive.” The staff at SPCC continue with his philosophy. SPCC is located approximately three miles north of the Village of Oneida in Outagamie County on County Trunk U. The center is a minimum security prison, housing 120 adult male inmates. The center provides a meaningful work experience in an effort to assists inmates with assuming the responsibilities expected of them as citizens of the community. When an inmate arrives at SPCC they may be assigned to a variety of work assignments to prepare them for an eventual job upon release. Many of them will go on to take part in the work release program at the center allowing them to save money for their release and pay obligations. The center averages approximately 70 men on work release in Brown, Outagamie, Shawano, and Door counties. Twenty-two permanent staff (14 security and eight non-security) members provide supervision and programs to the inmates.
Programs offered at SPCC
In keeping with the philosophy of DOC and the Wisconsin Correctional Center System, the center makes available meaningful work opportunities for inmates. Inmates are assigned to various work assignments that teach work experience including center jobs, farm work, project crew, off-grounds for non-profit or local governments, and work release. These assignments help inmates assume the responsibilities expected of them as citizens of the community. SPCC protects the public by providing safe, secure, and humane treatment with opportunities to practice work skills needed to support a crime-free lifestyle upon release to the community.