The Milwaukee County House Of Correction offers a variety of programs that are available to all inmates. HOC remains dedicated to quality programs with an emphasis on education and treatment. These programs can have a positive impact on an individual’s rehabilitation as well as their physical and mental well-being.
MATC is open year round and provides GED, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learner classes. Three part-time instructors teach an average of nine hours per week.
Franklin Alternative Youth Program
Franklin Alternate Youth Program (FAYP) provides educational services for inmate’s 17-21years of age. Students may work toward high school credits or the GED/HSED. Two full-time instructors and four instructional assistants are assigned to the HOC. FAYP will resume classes in the fall.
Wisconsin Community Services (WCS)
This program targets ex-offenders in transition from various correctional environments (prison, jail, residential re-entry, and probation/parole) to community and the world of work. It will be conducted at the HOC in eight sessions over two weeks.
Through structured guided group discussion, benign confrontation, targeted role-plays, and thought-provoking stories and activities, Makin' It Work challenges ex-offenders to examine how their own attitudes and perceptions have justified a tendency toward harmful or illegal behaviors. Participants then explore the hidden code of conduct employers expect good workers to understand, and practice valuable new communication and problem solving skills to handle difficult situations (such as dealing with criticism and expressing complaints) in an appropriate, professional manner.
To fit this essential cognitive intervention/Employment Readiness hybrid, the HOC-specific Employment Readiness curriculum – to be completed in eight sessions over two weeks – will be extracted from the WCS Integrated Employment Counseling and Search Manual as source material. Basic class topics and activities will include:
Soft Skills Training
Criminal Background and Employment
Cover Letters and Résumés
HOC currently provides a fulltime officer who conducts the test of adult basic education (TABE) and GED testing. Inmates sentenced to 60 days or more are tested to determine the appropriate level of programming. A referral is then made to the appropriate program. During the assessment, inmates report the highest academic degree obtained. WCS will also help with TABE testing.
Art classes offer the inmates the opportunity to express their creative talents. Two retired art teachers conduct two classes weekly to both the males and females. The Art class provides services to over 50 inmates a week.
Word of Hope Ministries the reintegration of Ex-Offenders Adult Generation 5 project is focused on serving ex-offenders at least 18 years of age, who are returning from incarceration to Milwaukee’s high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods with limited skills. The project will consist of 5 major program components. The project goal is to help ex-offenders gain needed supports, become employed, and reduce the likelihood of recidivism.
ATTIC Intensive Alcohol and Drug Abuse programming. A program designed to help inmates cope with drug or alcohol issues and deal with returning back into the community.
The HOC provides work programs that help to develop and teach the inmates skills to help them become gainfully employed when released, the following programs are available. In addition we have work crews who provide cleaning services to the highway and summer festivals.
Print Shop workers
Female work crew (Painters and Lawn care)
Botanical gardens/Parks crew
Fork Lifting class One week training class that will certify 4 inmates a week in fork lifting.
Fatherhood conducted by Al Holmes of My Father's House Inc.- Serving male inmates in a six week program focusing on cognitive thinking, parental roles with extended resources upon release.
YWCA (women to work program)
Transition to work program. A program designed to help women get into the workforce starting with temporary employment with an opportunity of gaining fulltime employment.
Inmate Lending Library
Currently each housing unit receives a variety of books each month. All books are monitored by the officers and remain on the bookshelf. An Officer will operate the library. All books will be monitored and tracked with a color code for each section of the jail Inmates will have the ability to check out books with the dorm officers. There is approximately a year’s worth of books available to restock the shelves in all dorms once the original supply is depleted.
Inmate Law Library
The library currently operates twice per week on Mondays and Fridays. Inmates submit request slips to notify staff of the need to use the library.
Scholarship program is designed for inmates to donate money for children who have parents who are in custody
N 2 work program (Aarmark) is a program with training that at completion will provide a certificate and potentially a chance for employment this program is currently in the startup phase.
Recycling Program This year we are focusing on conserving energy along with collecting all recyclables all housing units along with the entire institution will have recycle bins.
Crochet program designed for female inmates to make blankets for children who are at Children’s Hospital.
~ Chaplains provide spiritual group activities through the Lutheran Ministries to approximately 60 inmates each week.
~ The Chaplains provide 1:1 counseling to approximately 50 inmates each week.
Approximately 1200 inmates are served each week through activities offered by volunteers.