Communications Office

Molly Vidal​, Communications Director

Clare Hendricks, Deputy Communications Director


DOC Media Line: (608) 240-5060

E-mail Address: DOCMedia@wisconsin.gov


If you are not a member of the media, please call 608-240-5000 or contact DOC for assistance.


Media public records requests can be sent to DOCMedia@wisconsin.gov.

Accredited media can e-mail DOCMedia@wisconsin.gov to be added to our media contact list.

Interviewing Inmates

To request that the Department facilitate an interview with an inmate, please e-mail DOCMedia@wisconsin.gov and include at least the following information:

  • Full name and DOC number of the inmate(s) as noted in DOC's Inmate and Offender Search;
  • Your name, contact information (including phone number and e-mail address), and organization; and
  • Any information regarding the interview you would like us to consider.

Each request is reviewed in line with state law and Department policies. Once a decision has been reached, we will advise you whether the Department is able to facilitate your request. Typically, we are able to provide a response within one calendar week, however some requests may require additional time.


Resources for Media


Opportunities and Options Resource Guide: Provides information on community service projects, primary treatment programs, vocational programs, education programs, and correctional industries at DOC facilities.

DOC's Data and Research Unit produces information in a number of areas, including recidivism and reincarceration and weekly population reports, as well as interactive dashboards on prison admissions, pr​ison population, prison releases, and recidivism.

Press Releases​​

2019

August 7: Secretary-Designee Carr Appoints Ron Hermes as new Division of Juvenile Corrections Administrator

May 8: Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank you to Department of Corrections teachers!

May 5: Nurse Appreciation Week: Thank you to our DOC nursing staff!

May 5: Department of Corrections Recognizes Staff During Correctional Employees Week

April 2​: Employers meet with Governor Evers, Wisconsin Departments of Corrections and Workforce Development Secretary-Designees at Oakhill Job Center

January 29: Wisconsin Department of Corrections Modifies Operations due to Executive Order #7


2018


December 20: Minimum-Security Inmates Earn Technical College Certificates in High-Demand Occupation

November 15: Inmate Apprenticeships Provide Valuable Skills After Release

November 12: New Job Center Builds on Department’s Success Training Inmates for Careers in the Community

October 23: Probation and Parole Agents, Law Enforcement Work Together to Protect Communities during Halloween Trick-or-Treating

October 11: Growing Our Workforce: Governor Walker Announces Plan to Expand Worker Training within Wisconsin’s Correctional Institutions

August 7: Fourteen Offenders with Opioid Addictions Get a Second ChanceFact Sheet

August 6: Department of Corrections Celebrates Assistance Dog Week

August 2: DOC Announces Recruitment Fairs for Open Security PositionsCareer Fairs Flyer

July 30: Minimum-Security Inmates Complete Technical College Certificate Program for Construction

July 9: DOC, Hometown Heroes Host First-Ever Camp Reunite

June 28: Minimum-Security Inmates Complete Industrial Maintenance Program

June 21: Inmates Complete Gas Metal Arc Welding Program

June 18: Inmates Complete Nicolet College Mechanical Maintenance Program

June 5: Wisconsin DOC Teams Raise Nearly $40,000 for Special Olympics

June 1: Statement Regarding Settlement in J.J. et al v. Litscher et alSettlement Agreement

May 23: Governor Walker Appoints Cathy Jess to Serve as Secretary of the Department of Corrections, Thanks Jon Litscher for His Many Years of Service to Wisconsin

May 18: 41 Correctional Officers Graduate from Local Pre-Service Academy Held in Green Bay

May 7: Department Kicks Off Correctional Employees WeekProclamation

April 20: Stanley Inmates Participate in Spring Graduation Ceremony

April 17: DOC AND WDVA Host Resource Fairs for Incarcerated VeteransPictures

April 12: Inmate Workers Earn Dairy Worker Training CertificatePicturePicture

April 9: Department of Corrections Recognizes Crime Victims’ Rights WeekProclamation

March 20: Department of Corrections Reaches Settlement Regarding November 2015 Incident at Copper Lake SchoolSupporting Documents

March 5: Jackson Correctional Institution Hosts Appreciation Night for Can Do Canines Fosters

February 22: Department of Corrections Celebrates Opioid Addiction Treatment Program Participants Program Fact Sheet

January 4: Governor Walker Announces Plan to Provide a Long-Term Solution for Wisconsin's Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Systems