Winnebago Correctional Center
Ms. Maria Silao-Johnson, Superintendent
4300 Sherman Road
P.O. Box 128
Winnebago, WI 54985-0128
Information on the Winnebago Correctional Center (WCC)
WCC is located on the shores of Lake Winnebago. The center is contained on 43 acres of state land in two, multi-story brick buildings that house 250 male inmates. Fifty-five permanent staff (41 security and 14 non-security) members provide supervision and programs to the inmates.
The center was opened in 1974 to replace a minimum security bunkhouse at the Winnebago State Farm (now the site of Oshkosh Correctional Institution). The center's primary function was to meet the needs of the state farm in the form of inmate labor and staff supervision. The Winnebago State Farm closed in the early 1990's to facilitate an expansion at Oshkosh Correctional Institution. This significantly changed the mission of the center.
Programs Offered at WCC
WCC presently provides community-based work release experience to inmates who are preparing for return to the community. While inmates enjoy the privilege of gaining work experience in the community, they also pay room, board, transportation fees, as well as court ordered restitution, fines, and child support. All inmates who have been granted the privilege of work release must complete and pay for employability skills training that assists them in job retention while at Winnebago and upon return to the community. All inmates at Winnebago contribute significant hours of community service labor to area communities free of charge during the free-time hours.