Jackson Correctional Institution (JCI) provides for the protection of the public, staff, and inmates, while promoting an environment of accountability and options for positive change as inmates work toward successful reintegration to the community.
In 1990, the State Building Commission and the Department of Administration requested a study to determine bed needs for the growing prison population. In December of 1990, the results were published in the State of Wisconsin Correctional System's Development Plan. The subsequent $145.4 million building program added 1,684 beds to the Wisconsin prison system and included the building of Jackson Correctional Institution.
JCI, a medium-security adult prison, began receiving inmates in May of 1996. A 150-bed barracks-style unit was added in October of 1997.