Mr. Thomas G. Borgen, Warden
W10237 Lake Emily Rd
P.O. Box 147
Fox Lake, WI 53933-0147
Phone: (920) 928-3151
Fax: (920) 928-6929
SECURITY LEVEL: Medium/Minimum
CURRENT POPULATION: (As of 05/16/2002)
DATE OPENED: 1962
NUMBER OF ACRES: 85
SPECIAL UNITS: One
NUMBER OF SECURITY STAFF: 252
NUMBER OF NON-SECURITY STAFF: 120.5
OPERATING BUDGET FY 2001: $27,993,691
INDUSTRIES: Badger State Industries: Wood Furniture
EDUCATION: Vocational Technical Adult Education Certified/Diploma Granting Programs: Auto Body and Paint Technician, Automotive Maintenance Technician, Brick laying/Masonry, Cabinet making/Millwork, Custodial Services, Mechanical and Computer Drafting, Machine Tool Techniques, Refrigeration Servicing, Power Products Technician, Production Welding. Certificate Programs: Badger State Industries training for FLCI Wood Industries and General Metals. FLCI also offers a variety of academic educational programs including Adult Basic Education, HSED preparation and computer office applications. Approximately 50 percent of medium security inmates are involved in either full or part time educational programming.
MINIMUM SECURITY OPPORTUNITIES: Inmates housed in the minimum security compound are offered a wide range of employment opportunities. FLCI provides inmate workers to a variety of DOC work sites throughout the area, including the Waupun State Farm, Waupun Central Warehouse, Central Generating Plant and the Industries Distribution Center. FLCI has three community project crews that offer assistance to local, county and state governments and non-profit organizations to accomplish work projects they might not otherwise be able to complete. Some of the organizations FLCI has ongoing project relationships with are the Town of Fox Lake, Department of Natural Resources, American Red Cross, and the City of Beaver Dam. Work release opportunities are available in a wide range of employment settings in the surrounding areas. Approximately 75-100 inmates are involved in the work release program and contribute back to the DOC for room, board and transportation expenses. Additionally, they pay state and federal taxes and work towards completing other personal obligations, such as child support and restitution.
OTHER: FLCI offers a wide range of programming choices to meet the needs of a varied inmate population. Specialized treatment groups, cultural awareness groups and community service organizations are some of the choices available to inmates.
SPECIAL HISTORICAL NOTES AND OTHER INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
The Fox Lake Correctional Institution in Dodge County is the first medium security institution in the United States managed under a responsible living no pass system concept. FLCI is located about nine miles west of the city of Waupun. The institution is situated on an 85 acre plot of land surrounded by approximately 1200 acres owned by the State of Wisconsin. The structure consists of an Entrance Facility/Armory, Administration Building, Chapel, Food Service/Stores Building, Health Services and Academic Education Building, Nine Housing Units, Recreation Building, Garage, Industries and Vocational Shops Building. Six of the Housing Units are designed for 96 single rooms, but those units currently have 52 rooms doubled to meet the population demands. Inmate rooms have regular doors and windows. Inmates are permitted scheduled movement within the institution and rules are intended to help individuals live together in an orderly manner.
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I figured I would try to liven up Wisconsin by posting my experiences with the couple of different prisons D has been to.
Fox Lake was the first prison I ever visited.
The prison itself is just (10 minutes) outside Waupun, WI. I came from Oshkosh and therefore had to drive through Waupun to get there. There isn't much out there so once you get close, you can see the prison. D always described it as a college campus..... with barbed wire fences.
Inmate mail gets sent to:
PO Box 200
Fox Lake, WI 53933
Visitation is every evening during the week and mornings on weekends. Each inmate can have a max of 3 visits per week. Week days are 3 hour visits, weekends and holidays are 2.
When you get into the main visitation building, you walk in to find a TON of lockers. Lockers take a quarter to use and that quarter is returned to you when you're done. You can bring your id, quarters, sunglasses & a jacket in the winter past the locker section. There is a change machine and plastic bags for your convenience. When it's your turn, you walk up to the counter and verbally give the officer your loved one's inmate number & your id. You will then need to remove items that are necessary to pass through the metal detector. The guards do check all pockets of jackets if you bring them (my winter jacket has like 6, so I always triple checked ALL of them before closing the locker). You get 3 attempts to make it through. Then your hand will be black light stamped. Then, since this place is like a college campus, you will head to a whole other building.
There is a yellow (I think) pathway that you follow from the main building to the actual visitation building. It's a 2ish minute walk if I remember correctly. During this walk, you pass the outdoor visitation area that is open during a select few days in the summer.
When you first enter the visitation building, you walk in to a room of vending machines. The desk is straight ahead and that's where you check in. There are decks of cards on the edge of the desk for the taking. The guards will assign you to a table - there is no rules to where you sit at the table as long as you are across from your inmate (unless there is more than one person).
The C/Os (for the most part) are nice... but strict. They make you stick to the rules, but do so in a non-threatening way. I got stuck in a snow drift on my way there one night - got shoveled out by luck by a guy who happened to be passing by with a shovel - and the guard joined our conversation about it and wished me luck on my drive home.
The visiting room also had a nice little family section with bigger tables and toys for kids.
I may not know what you're going through
But time is the space between me and you
There is a light through that window
Hold on say yes, while people say no