Communications Office

Tristan Cook​, Communications Director

Clare Hendricks, Deputy Communications Director


Phone Number: (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

Torequest 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, prison population, prison releases, and recidivism.

Press Releases


2018


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


2017


December 21: Lt. Governor Kleefisch, DOC Secretary Litscher, and MATC President Recognize Vocational Certificate Graduates

October 19: Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Agents Conduct Home Visits During Halloween to Protect Wisconsin Communities

September 12: Second Group of Participants Complete Innovative Opioid Addiction Treatment Pilot ProgramProgram Fact Sheet

June 27: Inmate Workers Earn Dairy Worker Training Certificate

June 26: DOC Launches Revamped Website

June 9: First Program Participants Complete Vivitrol Treatment Pilot Program

May 31: New Lisbon Correctional Institution partners with local businesses to benefit Hope House

May 23: Jackson Correctional Institution Launches Program to Train Service Dogs for Persons with Disabilities

May 15: ICYMI: Looking to the future at Lincoln Hills

May 12: DOC Secretary Presents Valor, Lifesaving Awards at SALUTE Awards Ceremony

May 5: Lt. Governor Kleefisch, State Cabinet Officials, MATC President Recognize Inmates Completing CNC Program

April 4: DOC Secretary Litscher Commemorates Crime Victims' Rights Week

March 14: Wisconsin Department of Corrections Committed to Openness and Transparency

March 13: ICYMI: DOC committed to safety of youth in custody

January 19: Lt. Governor Kleefisch, DOC Secretary Litscher, and MATC President Recognize CNC Graduates


2016


December 15: Stanley Correctional Institution Hosts PAWS Program Open House

December 13: Racine Correctional Institution Hosts Winter Graduation Ceremony

October 24: Department of Corrections and Law Enforcement Agencies Collaborate in Joint Operation to Keep Children Safe on Halloween

August 29: DOC Recognizes FeraDyne Outdoors for Leadership in Hiring Work Release Inmates

August 10: DOC Announces Local Recruitment Efforts

June 30: DOC Partners with Madison College on Industrial Maintenance Training Partnership

June 9: Racine Correctional Institution Hosts Spring Graduation Ceremony

May 5: DOC Secretary Announces Targeted Wage Increases to Enhance Security Staff Recruitment and Retention

May 5: DOC Secretary Presents Valor, Lifesaving Awards at SALUTE Awards Ceremony