Columbia Correctional Institution (CCI) protects the public by detaining adult male felons committed by state courts to the DOC and by readying these men for custody reduction and eventual reintegration into society. Protection of the public is both an immediate and long-range focus, as virtually all inmates will eventually be released. Through a philosophy of strict and constructive treatment, both perspectives are met.
CCI opened in 1986 and encompasses 110 acres of land in Portage, WI. Ten maximum-security living units, each containing 50 cells; and one 150-bed, minimum-security unit are contained within its perimeter.
In addition to the living complexes, the physical plant of the institution includes a large visiting room, chapel, meeting rooms, health services area, staff offices, an intake and reception area, canteen, laundry, a main kitchen, library, recreation field, gymnasium, an industry building, school, and vocational education workshops.