Wisconsin’s prison guard shortage has been getting worse for a decade. It reached a new depth this week.
Friends and family of Wisconsin inmates have been prohibited from visiting them in person for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roughly 15% of corrections officers positions are unfilled at Wisconsin's prisons, according to data from the state Department of Corrections.
Exhausted guards are more likely to restrain inmates at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls.
More than a month after the first prisoner died, the state Department of Corrections on Friday released the total number of COVID-19-related inmate deaths.
Over the past week, COVID-19 cases have been on the rise at Green Bay Correction Institution. As of Tuesday, the state prison had 57 positive coronavirus cases among inmates.
The mass testing initiative found 296 positive cases of COVID-19 among Wisconsin prisoners. Almost all have recovered, with only nine active cases of the virus.
The warden of the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage resigned in June during an investigation by the state that led to the firing of several staff members after two inmates escaped in April, the DOC said Thursday.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has released nearly 1,600 inmates since March to help address the COVID-19 crisis, a DOC spokeswoman said Thursday.
"All I see is a bunch of cross contamination," one guard said.
Two inmates at Oshkosh Correctional Institution are now infected with COVID-19, but they had not recently left the facility, and no staff at the prison have reported testing positive for the virus.
Most people will be prohibited from visiting state prisons as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Several key appointments by Gov. Tony Evers' are not poised for debate in the Republican-led Senate's upcoming session.
Lawmakers will likely need to come up with more money or Lincoln Hills' planned 2021 closure could be threatened.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections, under the direction of Gov. Tony Evers’ secretary-designee, Kevin Carr, recently decided to give a $5…
Democratic lawmakers said Evers' plan gives a much-needed earnings boost to low-income Wisconsinites.
Gov. Tony Evers meanwhile said Wednesday he will not include money in his budget for a new prison in Green Bay.
The fact that Evers' first four Cabinet appointees are from Milwaukee drew criticism from GOP legislative leaders.