The original Oregon Correctional Center (OCC) buildings were constructed in 1928 to provide housing for inmates who for many years worked on the adjacent correctional farm. OCC's current operating capacity is 112 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.
OCC is committed to the use of evidence-based practices in furtherance of the core principles of effective Substance Use Disorder (SUD) intervention strategies. OCC SUD programming involves a cognitive-behavioral component. OCC 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. Additional programs vary and are available for inmates with identified needs, based on available volunteers and community partners.
The OCC 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 center, in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources, raises day old pheasant chicks through adulthood, when they are released to local communities to facilitate youth hunts and hunters education programs.