Mr. William Pollard,
200 S. Madison St, PO Box 351
Waupun, WI 53963-0351
Inmate Visiting Procedures
INSTITUTION MISSION STATEMENT
To provide for the public, the staff and inmates incarcerated at the Waupun
Correctional Institution, a safe institution and for inmates, a constructive environment
which encourages positive growth and enables them to reenter and cope with an ever
changing society, thereby, enhancing their probability of success.
SPECIAL HISTORICAL NOTES AND OTHER INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
By an Act signed by Governor Dewey on March 14,
1851, a three-member Prison Commission was appointed to select a site for a penitentiary.
On July 4, 1851, Waupun was chosen due to its proximity to the proposed Rock River Valley
Railroad and the abundance of good quality building limestone. Construction of a temporary
prison was started later that month. The first wardens were known by the title of Prison
Commissioners, and were elected for a two-year term by general election. The Legislature
of 1873 abolished the office and appointed a warden to supervise the prison. The original
permanent building was constructed in 1854 and has been remodeled and remains in use today
as the South Cell Hall. The original cell hall had 288 cells and was built using convict
labor at a cost of $325 a cell.
The main administration building was built in 1855 and
additional cell halls were added in 1854, 1906 and 1913. All of those original buildings
are in use today. The large ornate stone and iron wall was constructed in 1858. Waupun
also was the home for female prisoners until they were moved to the Women's Prison at
Taycheedah in 1933. Continual improvements to the buildings and infrastructure have
allowed WCI to meet the operational needs of a modern prison. In 1998, a new Health and
Segregation Complex opened replacing buildings that dated back to the 1940's. On January
22, 1992, the Wisconsin State Prison Historic District was entered on both the State
Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.
Additional information on
WCI can be found in their annual reports.
FY04 WCI Annual Report.pdf
FY06 WCI Annual
FY07 WCI Annual Report.pdf
FY08 WCI Annual Report.pdf
FY09 WCI Annual Report.pdf
FY10 WCI Annual Report.pdf
FY11 WCI Annual Report.pdf
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