Gordon Correctional Center (GCC) is located approximately 2 1/2 miles southeast of the Village of Gordon on County Road "G," in an annex of the Brule River State Forest. Its current operating capacity is 89 adult male inmates. GCC 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.
“Camp Gordon,” as GCC was first known, was built in 1932 and was initially used to relieve overcrowding at the Wisconsin State Prison located in Waupun. Gordon began as a forestry camp, where inmates worked in the forest and adjacent tree nursery operated by the Wisconsin Conservation Department. The inmates produced much of their own food on the facility’s farm and gardens. In 1962, the center became part of the Wisconsin Correctional Center System.
GCC offers work release programs with local employers through which employment is provided for qualified inmates, with an emphasis made on maintaining that employment placement after the inmate’s release. Funds earned through work release help to pay fees, restitution, and other obligations. Offsite work opportunities are determined based on an evaluation of risk and of each individual’s case. Placements cannot be guaranteed for all eligible inmates. Work release and offsite opportunities are a privilege, not a right, and are provided at the discretion of the center superintendent and warden.
Inmates also have an opportunity to attend school, with individual tutoring for inmates as they work towards earning a High School Equivalency Diploma. Additional programs are available for inmates with identified needs, based on available volunteers and community partners. These programs vary.
The GCC project crew assists 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.