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FOUNDATION
In 1998 specific focus was placed on the fact that while Correctional Enterprises programs do an excellent job of providing work ethics and job skills training, more could be done in the area of job readiness, job placement, and support in the community. The 1995 Wisconsin Prison Industries Follow-Up Study Report indicated a 34% unemployment rate for inmates under parole supervision who were released from prison in 1988-1990 and had worked for Prison Industries while incarcerated. Thirty-one percent had no employment since parole and only 11% who had worked since parole, were working in an area similar to the Prison Industry they worked for while in prison. Founded in an effort to improve these statistics, the Transition Program was established as a pilot project in February of 2000 and became a statewide program in June of 2001.

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PROGRAM DESIGN
This program serves Badger State Industry, Farms, and Special Project workers who successfully work for longer than 30 days and voluntarily choose to take part in what the program has to offer. The Transition Program helps inmate workers capitalize on the experiences and skills they acquire while working for Badger State Industries. The program assists participants with employment-related issues while they are still incarcerated in order for them to be prepared for employment as soon as they are released.

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CONTACT INFORMATION
Transition Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 8990
Madison, WI 53708-8990
(800) 862-1086 Toll Free
(608) 240-5167 Regina Ylvisaker
(608) 240-5166 Kristi Buscemi

DOCBSItransitionprogram@wisconsin.gov