House of Correction
 

Program Activity

House of Correction

Due to precautions regarding COVID-19, the House of Correction is limiting visitations to video visitations only until further notice.

What We Do

The Milwaukee County House of Correction offers a variety of programs that are available to all residents. The 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.

Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board Job Center

In June of 2015, in collaboration with the HOC, MAWIB received a Department of Labor grant to establish a job center within the HOC and reenty job program for residents in and those recently released from custody.

Hour for Hour

Inside Resident Work Crews: For every 24 hours worked, a day is removed from the resident's imposed length of incarceration.

Other Programs

Franklin Alternative/MATC: We work with the education department to ensure the minors in our facility continue their education while incarcerated. Residents of all ages are encouraged to get their HSGED or GED while they are housed in our facility. We also give the HSGED & GED exam and TABE test the potential students.

DRC: The Milwaukee County Day Reporting Center (MCDRC) is an alternative to incarceration for non-violent pretrial Deferred Prosecution Agreements and sentenced misdemeanor and felony offenders. The program participation is designed to divert offenders from jail into a community alternative while maintaining public safety and reducing detention costs. The goal of the MCDRC is to effectively supervise and treat offenders by addressing their identified criminogenic risks and needs. The desired outcomes for participants are to: reduce recidivism, satisfy all court obligations, address substance abuse treatment needs, obtain employment or be job-ready upon program completion, achieve academic achievement, and be accountable for the harm they have done to the community by giving service.

Work Readiness: A program designed to motivate and prepare individuals to becoming self-sufficient, motivated, and productive working citizens. This program aims to reduce recidivism, improve job placement and retention, and connect hard-to-employ individuals. Helping residents gain employment can reduce the staggering costs to taxpayers. This will also be beneficial to residents who are granted Huber by the course and are sitting dormant in housing units due to being unemployed. Areas of focus: Employer expectations, ethics in the workplace. working as a team, leadership skills, owning your past mistakes, cover letter and resume building. 

Empowerment Center: With the collaboration between the HOC and Employ Milwaukee we received a Department of Labor grant to establish a job center within the HOC and reentry job program for residents in and those recently released from custody. 

The Joseph Project: A collaboration between United States Senator Ron Johnson's office and Greater Praise COGIC. This program has established employer relationships that are prepared to  hire the offenders immediately. This program identifies the shortcoming that often occurs with offenders upon release and employment becomes less of a priority. 

Inside Resident Work Crews: In collaboration with the Chief Judge the HOC initiated a program that allows non-violent inmates the chance to reduce their sentence by providing services to our laundry, kitchen, bakery, graphics, and recycling center.

Outside Resident Work Crews: The HOC provides work programs that help to develop and teach the residents skills to help them become gainfully employed when released. In addition we have work crews who provide cleaning services to the highway, parks, and summer festivals. Those working within the facility can earn additional sentence credit. 

Mental Health Team: Wellpath mental health services provide psychoeducational groups and individual treatments. Current programs include: Anger Management, AODA, Mindfullness and Relaxation, Healthy Relationships, Therapeutic Writing, Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Communication Styles, Cognitive Thinking, Job Readiness, Adjusting to Incarceration, and Life Skills. 

Case Management Team: Wellpath medical services provide substance abuse group and individual treatments here. 

Fatherhood Initiative: Taught by instructors from the Fatherhood initiative with the focus on becoming a better parent. Serving male residents in a six-week program focusing on cognitive thinking, parental roles with extended resources upon release. This group meets with male residents Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

33 Series: A 12-week Men's bible study course. This class explores the basic foundations of authentic manhood and God's clear design for men, Each man learned the four faces of manhood and how to anticipate the transition through the specific seasons of life. HOC was the first correctional facility in the state to host a livestream broadcast of the No Regrets Men's Ministry through Elm brook church.

Forklift Training: Officer Gensler conducts a 2-day class that trains residents how to operate a forklift safely. Residents receive a 3 year certification which they can take to any job site.

IN2WORK: A culinary class that takes place every Friday. This is a 12-week course that provides residents a certificate upon graduation. 

Benedict Center's Women's Reentry Program: Includes the following courses: Moving On, Beyond Violence, Women's Support, Life skills, Employment/Makin' It Work, Nurturing Parenting, Seeking Safety, Mindfulness Coloring, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Boys and Girls Club for Teen Pregnancy Prevention.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY HOUSE OF CORRECTION

8885 South 68th Street
Franklin, Wisconsin 53132
(414) 427-4700
Fax: (414) 427-8017

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