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Provide Information about:
Writing a resume
Writing a cover letter
Where to look for jobs and agencies that can help find these jobs
How to interview (including what to wear and how to answer questions)
How to fill out a job application
How to plan for future employment
Rights and restrictions as an ex-felon
Finding programs and agencies in the community to assist with employment as well as housing, food, clothing, etc.


Inmates who choose to participate in the Transition Program are sent a portfolio. This portfolio can be used to present to an employer or as general storage for employment documents.
Included in the portfolio:
Employment action plan
Personal Data Record (contains information for filling out an application)
Sample Work Application
Sample Cover Letter
Sample Resume
How to obtain Certificates and/or
Identification Documents
Community References Page


A main objective of the Transition Program is to provide employment-related services to Bureau of Correctional Enterprises inmate workers while they are incarcerated. Other factors also may affect employment therefore information is available about community resources. Referrals are often made to the Community Corrections Employment Program (CCEP) to provide assistance in the areas program participants need help in. If our program cannot directly assist participants in meeting their social needs, connections will be made with an agency in the community who can.

Wisconsin Job Net is a service provided by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. This is an Internet site that contains job listings by county for the state of Wisconsin. Just prior to release, job listings are individually selected based on inmate work experience, qualifications, and county of release and sent to the inmate worker.

With an inmate worker's authorization, the Transition Program staff will act as a work reference for Badger State Industries workers. Work evaluations are then used to explain the quality of their employment to potential employers.

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