All adult female correctional facilities, including Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center (MWCC), Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center, and Taycheedah Correctional Institution, were joined together as the Wisconsin Women's Correctional System on August 21, 2005, falling under the supervision of the TCI warden. MWCC is a minimum-security facility entrusted with the custody and supervision of adult female offenders. On December 11, 2003, the 112-bed Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Center opened its doors to staff, with inmates arriving on December 29, 2003.
Services and Programs
MWCC provides incarcerated women, their families, and the community with quality services that are measurable and carefully managed. The staff strives to maintain a safe and well-structured environment. MWCC offers an extensive array of services, including educational opportunities, Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment, re-entry, and more.
The primary program offered at MWCC is a moderate and high-risk SUD Earned Release Program (ERP). ERP utilizes Helping Women Recover; Beyond Violence; Seeking Safety; Connections; and Moving On curricula. The program is typically 14 to 16 weeks in length.
The work release program offers inmates employment in nearby communities in various fields, such as industrial,
food service, hair care, and customer service. The program helps to successfully reintegrate inmates into society by developing job skills, positive work ethic, and self-sufficiency skills. Employment also allows inmates the ability to pay child support, restitution, and other court ordered obligations, as well as to save money for their release.
A variety of educational opportunities are available to MWCC inmates, including tutoring, GED/HSED preparation, correspondence courses, and technical education and apprenticeship programs.
Inmates are given the opportunity to volunteer for various community service programs. Giving back to the community is a priority at the center and thousands of community service hours are completed each year.