OBTAINING PERMISSION TO VISIT AN INMATE
Anyone wishing to visit an inmate in a Wisconsin Correctional Institution must be listed on the inmate’s visitors list. It is the inmate’s responsibility to request permission for additions to their visitors list.
All prospective visitors, including children, must complete (or have someone complete for them) the Visitor Questionnaire (DOC-21AA), which is an application for approval to visit. It is the inmate’s responsibility to obtain and mail the Visitor’s Questionnaire to a prospective visitor. The proposed visitor will then need to return the form to the institution for approval to be added to the inmate’s visitor list. Inmates will be notified when a visitor has been added to their visiting list. Visitors may be denied approval for visitation on a number of grounds, specified in administrative code. If denied, a visitor must wait 6 months to re-apply for approval.
Any child or minor, that is, any person under the age of 18, must have the written consent of the legal, non-incarcerated parent or guardian prior to visiting. This consent is contained on the Visitor Questionnaire. Also, unless a minor visitor is the legal spouse of the inmate, any visitor not yet l8 shall be accompanied by an adult who is on the approved Visitors List.
NUMBER OF VISITORS ALLOWED
Assessment and Evaluation (A&E) Unit (Intake)
The intake units at Dodge Correctional Institution (DCI), Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) and Taycheedah Correctional Institution (TCI) are known as or have A&E (Assessment and Evaluation). Several visiting rules are different for inmates who are still in A&E status. Inmates in an A&E status are permitted up to four (4) adult, close family member visitors. Close family member for this purpose is an inmate’s natural, adoptive, step, foster parents, spouse, children, grandparents, grandchildren or siblings. If the spouse’s last name is different than the inmate’s, the spouse must send a copy of the marriage license to verify the relationship.
Inmates in A&E status may be permitted to have their own children visit. Inmate’s children under the age of 18 shall not be counted against the four visitor limit. However, inmates in an A&E status, with sexually related offenses, will not be permitted to have visitors under the age of 18.
Prohibited items and controlled substances Wisconsin Statutes s. 302.095 (2) - Delivering Articles to Inmate prohibits delivery of any article to an inmate of a State Correctional Institution or depositing or concealing an article within the State Correctional Institution or its boundaries or receiving an article to convey out of the institution that is contrary to the rules and regulations and without the knowledge or permission of the Warden. Any person found in violation of this law is subject to imprisonment of not more than three years or a fine not exceeding $500.
The DOC is committed to maintaining drug-free institutions and will actively investigate and prosecute any individuals bringing drugs into a prison.
Preparing for release The pre-release curriculum was designed to enhance the ability of inmates to succeed in their community reintegration process as well as to improve inmates’ awareness and sense of obligation to themselves, their loved ones and their community.
The pre-release curriculum has been divided into 10 modules: wellness, education, employment, family support, financial literacy, health, housing, personal development, transportation, and transitional prep. The information presented in each of these modules was designed to address some of the common challenges and responsibilities that that offenders are likely to encounter as they re-enter their community. Each inmate is issued a reentry portfolio to track his or her progress in meeting the individual competencies in each of the modules and to organize other important documents that are needed for transition into the community.
The overall goal of the pre-release curriculum is to assist inmates in their preparation of returning to their community by:
Providing individualized release planning with an assigned social worker, in connection with an assigned DCC probation & parole agent
Encouraging and establishing positive contact with family and/or other support systems, as necessary to initiate, maintain, and finalize release planning
Establishing appropriate residency and treatment plans for release, as necessary
Offering options for post-release employment and/or educational opportunities
Providing referrals and resources for assistance throughout the pre-release process
Encouraging participants to take personal responsibility for his/her actions now and in the future
No time limit unless space availability is limited.