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A wood finished computer work desk made in the BSI furniture shop.
An assortment of colored thread used in the BSI textiles shop.
A Trail Crossing sign made in the BSI sign shop.
A glass of milk next to two carafts of milk produced by the BSI Dairy Farm.
The industrial washing machines used by BSI Laundry.

About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Bureau of Correctional Enterprises is to enhance public safety by providing jobs and training for inmates which develop marketable skills and experience in financially viable businesses while providing quality products and services to our customers.

Our Vision

The Bureau of Correctional Enterprises makes a demonstrable contribution to public safety through our valued staff. We provide training and work experience for inmates that leads to long term success while in prison and in the community upon re-entry. Together we provide high quality products and services to our customers.

Our Services

Badger State Industries (BSI) is the Department Of Corrections manufacturing enterprise.

BSI operates thirteen industries in eleven different correctional facilities. This program provides vocational training and work skills development to a willing prison population. BSI provides a variety of products and services to state and local governments, universities and non-profit organizations.

  • Office Furniture
  • Ergonomic Seating
  • Systems Furniture, Files & Bookshelves
  • Signage, Badges & Nameplates
  • Printing Services
  • Embroidery
  • Textile Products
  • Laundry Services
  • Institutional Furniture

Why BSI?

You are helping save taxpayer money through the promotion of successful reintegration of offenders into our communities and decreased victimization.

Revenues are used to develop vocational programs for inmates, and are reinvested in recycling initiatives.

BSI provides one stop shopping and low pricing with statewide personalized service from knowledgeable sales staff.


Transition

A 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. Of those inmates, 31% 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. In 1998 specific focus was placed on the fact that while Correctional Enterprises programs do an excellent job of proving work ethics and job skills training, more could be done in the area of job readiness, job placement and support in the community. 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.

Contact Information

Transition Program Coordinators

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

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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