Town Halls: About

​About the Virtual Town Hall

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) ​is committed to transparency through effective communication with our stakeholders. This event intends to provide clarity to Governor Evers' 2021-23 budget recommendations, which includes funding for programs, supplies and services, day-to-day operations and maintenance and operations of DOC facilities. Panelists will help ​clarify areas of the proposed budget and discuss how the Governor's goals align with our agency's strategic priorities.

​DATE + TIME:
Monday, March 15, 2021
12:15 pm — 1:30 pm

​MODERATOR:
Zack Osell, Stakeholder Engagement, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

GUEST PANELISTS:​

  • Kevin A. Carr, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Corrections 
  • Melissa Roberts, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS:​

  • Steve Krallis, Bureau of Budget and Facilities Director, Wisconsin Department of Corrections 
  • Silvia Jackson, Reentry Director, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Sarah Cooper, Division of Adult Institutions AdministratorWisconsin Department of Corrections 
  • Lance Wiersma, Division of Community Corrections Administrator​, Wisconsin Department of Corrections  

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REGISTRATION
​Information on how to register for the event will be emailed to select stakeholders. The event will be recorded and available for later viewing on our public website after the event has concluded. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to register early and join the webinar on time as there is a 1,000–person capacity limit for this specific virtual town hall webinar.

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIO​NS: 
Please watch your inbox for an email containing a link to our pre-event survey. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit their questions in advance. Questions will be reviewed prior to the event for common themes to assist the leadership panel in addressing each topic.​​ Thank you to all for your thoughtful contributions.

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About the 2021-23 Biennial Budget 

OVERVIEW: 

The Department submitted its 2021-23 biennial budget request in September 2020. The request took a cost-to-continue approach with a focus on the funding needed to maintain operations and quality of care for those in DOC custody, perform basic maintenance and repairs at facilities, and ensure the safety of staff, persons in our care and the public.

The proposal reflected the Department's efforts to be innovative, efficient and prudent in its use of state resources during a time of severe economic pressures brought on by the sudden and unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Evers recently released his 2021-23 budget recommendations, drawing upon his and Secretary Carr's shared priorities of operational excellence, workforce investment and corrections reform. The Governor expanded upon the Department's original request, and focused on the following areas:

  1. Opening Avenues to Reentry Success (OARS) Expansion

  2. Earned Release Program (ERP) Expansion

  3. DAI Educational Initiatives

  4. Staffing to operate the Oakhill Assisted Needs Building

  5. Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility Behavior Modification Housing Unit

  6. Additional Field Supervisors for DCC

  7. Medication Assisted Treatment Expansion

  8. Community Alternatives to Revocation (ATR) Expansion

  9. Realignment of the Juvenile Justice System​