WHEELERweek – State Prison Populations

As published by The Wheeler Report – Friday, January 13, 1995

DOC released a year-end report showing the state’s prison system set admission record. 5,855 inmates were admitted to the system in 1994, bringing the total to more than 10,000: 40% over capacity.

DOC compiled a report on population in the system covering 1990-2014.  Here is the information from Appendix B (Page 15) of that report updated to include inmate populations through the end of fiscal year 2017:

Point-in-Time (year-end) Population
1990 7332
1991 7757
1992 8909
1993 9917
1994 11,456
1995 12,596
1996 14,339
1997 15,730
1998 18,060
1999 20,112
2000 20,367
2001 21,102
2002 21,652
2003 22,072
2004 22,415
2005 22,198
2006 22,903
2007 23,183
2008 22,767
2009 22,519
2010 22,113
2011 22,110
2012 22,043
2013 22,164
2014 22,215
1/1/2016 22,557
12/31/2016 22,270
FY2017 23,140

 

And Today …

According to the November 10, 2017 DOC population report the total inmate population is 23,397, 70% over the design capacity of 16,560 inmates for Wisconsin adult institutions.

The population report also notes that 447 inmates are currently being housed in county jails.

The 2017-19 state budget included provisions for a corrections facilities planning committee.  According to Act 59 (Page 369, (11)), “The corrections facilities planning committee shall develop a comprehensive, long-range master plan concerning department of corrections facilities…”  The committee is required to submit the plan to the governor and legislative committees by September 18, 2018.

Institution Year Opened Design Capacity Population (11/10/17)
Waupun (Max) 1851 882 1257
Green Bay (Max) 1898 749 1097
Taycheedah (Female, Max) 1921 653 924
Gordon (Min) 1950 52 87
Flambeau (Min) 1954 50 94
McNaughton (Min) 1956 55 105
Fox Lake (Med) 1962 979 1336
Kettle Morraine (Med) 1962 783 1182
Black River (Min) 1962 66 116
Winnebago (Min) 1974 210 262
Oakhill (Min) 1976 344 712
Drug Abuse (Min) 1977 125 291
Dodge (Max) 1978 1165 1669
Marshall (Min) 1981 32 55
Sanger B. Powers (Min) 1982 60 116
Resource Center (Male/Female, Max) 1983 376 376
Columbia (Max) 1986 541 828
Oshkosh (Med) 1986 1494 2040
Robert E. Ellsworth (Female, Min) 1989 230 475
John C. Burke (Min) 1990 186 250
Kenosha (Min) 1990 60 119
Racine (Med) 1991 1171 1697
St. Croix (Male/Female, Min) 1991 94 108
Oregon (Min) 1992 78 118
Thompson (Min) 1993 118 126
Jackson (Med) 1996 837 993
Prairie Du Chien (Med) 1997 326 516
Racine Youthful Offender (Med) 1998 400 449
Wisconsin Secure Program (Max) 1999 501 458
Felmers O. Chaney (Min) 2000 100 87
Milwaukee Secure (Male/Female, Med) 2001 467 622
Redgranite (Med) 2001 990 1013
Stanley (Med) 2003 1500 1572
Sturtevant Transitional (Min) 2003 150 144
Milwaukee Women’s (Female, Min) 2003 42 101
Chippewa Valley (Min) 2004 450 503
New Lisbon (Med) 2004 950 1044

DOC 2015-2017 Annual Report.