The Flambeau Correctional Center (FCC) is located within the Flambeau River State Forest in Sawyer County. Its current operating capacity is 90 adult male inmates. FCC 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.
Flambeau Correctional Camp opened in 1954 and was built to house minimum-security inmates. The inmates from the Camp were intended to supply a labor force that would assist with development of the newly created Flambeau River State Forest. In the 1960's, FCC’s focus was changed to the supervision of juvenile offenders. In 1980, FCC closed briefly before re-opening as a treatment center in 1981; however, in 1982, its focus returned to that of a work center for minimum-security male inmates.
The Earned Release Program (ERP) at FCC is provided pursuant to the Wisconsin State Statutes, Sec 302.05, and utilizes two core curricula, Thinking for a Change and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse. In conjunction with these primary curricula, 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. FCC is committed to the use of evidence-based practices in furtherance of the core principles of effective intervention strategies. Inmates also have an opportunity to attend school, with individual tutoring offered to inmates as they work towards earning a High School Equivalency Diploma. FCC's woodshop offers inmates the opportunity to learn machine safety, woodworking, and finishing skills.
The FCC project crew assists the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), local government agencies and non-profit organizations on a variety of work projects, incorporating a positive work experience, building new skills, and giving back to the community. Community service opportunities are also offered with staff or agency supervision.