The purpose of Sturtevant Transitional Facility (STF) is to protect the public through the secure and humane treatment of offenders and to afford them opportunities to gain the skills needed to support a crime-free life upon release to the community.
STF is located on Rayne Road, between State Highways 20 and 11, which lies on the northwestern edge of the Village of Sturtevant in Racine County. Sturtevant is about twenty miles south of Milwaukee, four miles west of Racine, and nine miles northwest of Kenosha. Center grounds cover approximately 13 acres adjacent to Racine Correctional Institution (RCI). STF is a unit of RCI and falls under the supervision of the RCI warden. The facility is directly overseen by a superintendent who embraces a team management philosophy.
STF has a capacity of 304 adult male inmates in two units, a minimum-security unit (opened in December of 2003) and a medium-security unit (opened in May of 2004). The medium-security unit houses 147 inmates and is directly managed by RCI staff. The minimum-security unit houses 152 inmates with a focus on work/study release. The STF superintendent has immediate oversight of the minimum-security unit and its programs.
Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Diploma programs are available at STF, as well as continued secondary education correspondence courses.
Anger Control Training is facilitated by social workers using a 20-lesson curriculum that combines social skills with anger control. Most group cycles meet twice weekly for approximately 10 weeks, alternating social skills lessons ahead of each anger control lesson.
Thinking for a Change is a 14-week, cognitive behavioral program aimed at achieving long-term, skills-based behavioral change rather than short-term compliance. Inmates learn to identify habits of thinking that directly connect to their criminal behavior and to see and appreciate the scope of the consequences of their present ways of thinking. Inmates learn techniques of controlling and changing problematic habits of thinking.
The work/study release program is available only to inmates classified as minimum-community who are housed in the minimum-security unit. Inmates must be physically fit and stable on medications before being placed on work/study release. The program averages 60 inmate workers per week. All minimum-security inmates are required to hold an institution job assignment and/or serve on project/community service crews.
Work release is a privilege and is provided at the discretion of the center superintendent and warden. Decisions regarding eligibility for work release are based upon many factors; appropriate placements cannot be guaranteed for all (eligible) inmates