Incarceration Lifecycle

The “lifecycle” of an inmate’s incarceration is comprised of three basic components, beginning at intake and continuing through their release into the community.

Reception, Orientation and Assessment

Dodge Correctional Institution (male) and Taycheedah Correctional Institution (female) function as the primary reception or intake sites within the adult prison system.  During the intake processes, inmates will be oriented regarding numerous matters, such as: 

  • Security expectations - institution rules, movement, property regulations, and other safety issues.
  • Daily living expectations - hygiene, meals, housekeeping, mail, phone calls, and visiting. 
  • Business matters - inmate accounts, restitution and other legal obligations, canteen, legal loans, and money transactions. 

A primary function of intake is Assessment and Evaluation.  Inmates are evaluated by Health Services, Psychological Services, and Classification.  This process takes approximately eight weeks.  At the conclusion, an Initial Classification staffing is conducted.  This staffing determines inmate custody, program assignments, and recommended site placements.  After the staffing decision is approved, if a site other than the intake site is selected, inmate transfer will occur as soon as space is available at the receiving site.

Options and Opportunities During Incarceration

When an inmate arrives at his or her assigned facility, they are provided with information about programs available to them while incarcerated.  For more information on programs offered at specific institutions, visit the Office of Program Services page.  Additional information is available in facility Annual Reports and on each of the Adult Facilities pages.

Aside from primary education, treatment and skills training programs, many other activities are available to inmates during incarceration.  These vary by facility and may include:

​Community Service ​Parenting ​Vermaculture
​Dog Training ​Recovery Support Groups ​Veterans Assistance
​Gardening ​Recreation ​Visiting
​Hobby/Craft Activities ​Religious Study & Services ​Work Assignments
​Music ​Restorative Justice

Preparing for Release

The overall goal of pre-release planning is to assist inmates in their preparation for returning to their communities by: 

  • Providing individualized release planning with an assigned social worker, in connection with an assigned DCC probation and parole agent. 
  • Encouraging and establishing positive contact with family and/or other support systems to initiate, maintain, and finalize release planning. 
  • Establishing appropriate post-release residency and treatment plans, as needed. 
  • Offering options for post-release employment and/or educational opportunities. 
  • Providing referrals and resources for assistance throughout the pre-release process.
  • Encouraging participants to take personal responsibility for his/her actions now and in the future.