McNaughton Correctional Center (MCC) is located just west of the Town of Lake Tomahawk, on State Forest Road D, in Oneida County. Originally the center, a state correctional forestry camp, was built in the town of McNaughton in 1931, where it received inmates transferred from the Green Bay Reformatory. In 1957, the Lake Tomahawk Tuberculosis Rehabilitation Camp at Lake Tomahawk closed. The buildings and grounds were deeded to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) and MCC was relocated to its current site. Some of the original structures from the Tuberculosis Camp built in 1910 still stand today and are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
MCC's current operating capacity is 102 adult male inmates. The center 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.
MCC 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.
The MCC 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.
The Oneida County Humane Society Canine Development Program is a community service initiative operated in conjunction with MCC inmates who assist with socialization of the dogs prior to adoption.