The Drug Abuse Correctional Center (DACC) is located north of Oshkosh in Winnebago County. Its current operating capacity is 294 adult male inmates, all of whom must have a medium- or high-risk Earned Release Program (ERP) need. DACC is part of the Wisconsin Correctional Center System, an "institution" comprised of 14 adult, male correctional centers overseen by a single warden whose office is centrally located in Madison.
The Earned Release Program (ERP) is pursuant to the Wisconsin State Statutes, Sec 302.05, and utilizes two core curriculums, Thinking for a Change (T4C) and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA). In conjunction with these primary curriculums, a wide range of ancillary programs are offered. The program is generally 20 weeks in length, but can be shorter or longer depending upon individual needs. DACC is committed to the use of evidence-based practices in furtherance of the core principles of effective intervention strategies.
All inmates at DACC are required to fully participate in both program and work-related activities, and are required to be actively involved from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and until 6:00 p.m. on Fridays, excluding holidays. A major emphasis of the program is community reentry. Inmates work extensively with their respective probation and parole agent, especially when focused on release planning needs, such as aftercare, residence needs, support services, and employment. Each inmate prepares a release plan that is reviewed and approved by staff. The sentencing court is notified upon an inmate’s completion of the program, at which time the sentence is modified to allow release on Extended Supervision. DACC also provides a variety of staff and volunteer facilitated support groups.
DACC embraces the concept of restorative justice—restoring wholeness to the community impacted by crime—which may include community service activities. DACC inmates provide community service work for many non-profit, community-based organizations. Additionally, DACC inmates often serve as speakers in presentations about criminality and substance abuse for various schools, colleges, universities, church groups, and other community and organizations.