Sanger B. Powers Correctional Center (SPCC) is located approximately three miles north of the village of Oneida in Outagamie County. SPCC was opened in 1982, replacing the aging bunkhouse that was home to inmates who worked at Oneida Farm, then operated by Green Bay Correctional Institution.
The center was named for Sanger B. Powers Sr., who was recognized for his long history of leadership in the field of corrections, both within the state of Wisconsin and nationally. Mr. Powers was responsible for many of the correctional programs that are now used as models in the field. SPCC's current operating capacity is 120 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.
SPCC 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, and based on available volunteers and community partners.
The SPCC community service 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.
The Fox Valley Humane Society Canine Development Program, also known as REBOUND, is a community service initiative operated in conjunction with the Fox Valley Humane Society Association and SPCC inmates who assist with socialization of the dogs prior to adoption.
SPCC also partners with the Northeast Wisconsin Leader Dogs Puppy Project, to raise and train puppies to serve as guide dogs for blind citizens.
In cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources, OCC inmates raise pheasant chicks through adulthood, when they are released to local communities to facilitate youth hunts and hunter education programs.