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ACLU of Wisconsin
207 East Buffalo Street, Suite 325  
Milwaukee, WI 53202  
Phone: (414) 272-4032
Fax: (414) 272-0182  

  • The ACLU of Wisconsin has nearly 9,000 members and is dedicated to defending the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsin residents. As a card-carrying member of the ACLU of Wisconsin, you are actively supporting the public policy analysis, lobbying and advocacy efforts that advance individual rights in our state and federal legislature. Never accepting funds from governmental sources, the ACLU of Wisconsin relies on annual dues from members and other private donations.

Badger State Industries
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
3099 West Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 240-5201

  • Badger State Industries (BSI) is the Wisconsin Department of Corrections vocational training and work skills development program. Prisoners are taught manufacturing and production techniques in three industries: imaging; fabricating; and textile. Products manufactured include print shop, screen printing, signage, data entry, computer recycling, office and detention furniture, warehouse/trucking, sewn products, seating, garments, mattresses and laundry services.

Division of Correctional Programs
Pre-Release Program
Wisconsin Department of Correction
3099 East Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7926
Madison, WI 53707
Phone: (608) 240-5800
Fax: (608) 240-3355 

  • The Division of Community Corrections of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for supervision of persons released on parole or extended supervision. The Division is responsible for the administration of the Wisconsin Correctional Center System which encompasses 16 Correctional Centers located throughout the state. The staff at these centers work closely with parole officers to aid in the transition of recently-released offenders back into the community. Programming includes cognitive intervention, work experience and work release.
  • There are two pre-release programs available in Wisconsin, one at a maximum security prison for males and one at a minimum security facility for females. Employability skills and cognitive intervention programs are offered.

Division of Workforce Solutions
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
201 East Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53702
Phone: (608) 266-9700 
Fax: (608) 261-6376

  • The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is responsible for the delivery of job services. The Division of Workforce Solutions develops and maintains employment-focused programs to serve both employers and job seekers. The Division delivers services through public-private partnerships and the statewide network of Job Centers.
  • The Wisconsin Job Center Directory can be accessed at 888-258-9966 to find the nearest job center. The same information is available on-line at
  • Services provided at local Job Centers are listed at

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.

  • Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. is the largest provider of civil legal services for low-income Wisconsin residents. The organization offers direct representation, training and education programs. This legal services program has a barriers to employment component in which they deal with problems related to criminal and child abuse records.

31 South Mills Street
P.O. Box 259686
Madison, WI 53725
Phone: (608) 256-3304 
Fax: (608)256-0510 

230 West Wells Street, Room 800
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: (414) 278-7722 
Fax: (414) 278-7156 

Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons (LAIP)
Frank J. Remington Center
University of Wisconsin Law School
Rooms 4315-4318
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1002      

  • The Frank J. Remington Center's Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Project (LAIP) is a clinical educational project of the University of Wisconsin Law Schools. Law students enrolled in LAIP provide legal assistance and advice to inmates incarcerated in the Wisconsin State Prison System. LAIP does not charge inmates for its services.
  • LAIP students assist inmates with a variety of issues such as family law problems, post conviction criminal law, sentence credit questions, and resolution of pending fines or charges.
  • LAIP does NOT represent inmates in "conditions of confinement" disputes with the prisons, or in challenges to disciplinary reports. However, on these issues, LAIP may be able to provide inmates with information that they can use to proceed pro se (on their own).
  • The inmate should not call or write. Rather, the inmate should sign up for an "LAIP interview" at the institution. Depending on the institution, the inmate should contact the social services department or program services department to sign up for the interview.

Madison Urban Ministries
2300 South Park Street, Suite 5
Madison, WI 53713
Phone: (608) 256-0906
Fax: (608) 256-4387 

  • Madison Urban Ministries (MUM), an interfaith organization, has a restorative justice project that supports people with criminal histories in their attempts to re-enter society. Four to five volunteers form a "circle of support" to assist program participants with problems that arise upon their release from incarceration. Areas included are housing, transportation, employment referrals, counseling, substance/alcohol treatment, family reunification, child support issues. People with criminal histories may be core members of the support circles and also form a speakers' bureau to address community groups.

The Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Reentry Project
The New Hope Project
2821 North 4th Street, Suite 211
Milwaukee, WI 53212-2367
Phone: (414) 267-6020 ext. 230
Fax: (414) 267-6023 

  • The Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Project is a demonstration project funded by the Joyce Foundation to study the effectiveness of Transitional Jobs as a bridge to permanent employment for ex-offenders reentering the community after a period of incarceration. The goal of the Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Reentry Project is to provide qualified employees to Milwaukee area businesses while reducing the rate of recidivism among Wisconsin's ex-offender population creating a successful match between businesses and job seekers.

State Attorney General
State Capitol, Suite 114 E
P.O. Box 7857
Madison,, WI 53707
Phone: (608) 266-1221 

  • Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

State Bar of Wisconsin
5302 Eastpark Boulevard
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 257-3838 
Fax: (608) 257-5502 

State Public Defender
315 North Henry Street, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 7923
Madison, WI 53707
Phone: (608) 266-0087 
Fax: (608) 267-0584 

  • Free or low-cost legal resources, both in civil and criminal law, are helpful to individuals with criminal histories in learning about relevant state laws governing the expungement or sealing of criminal histories or addressing other legal issues resulting from having a criminal history.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
201 East Washington Avenue
GEF_1, Room A400
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707
Phone: (608) 266-7552 
Fax: (608) 266-1784 

  • Information about State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to: potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories; service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding employment; and researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective and serve their intended purpose.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Unemployment Insurance
Bureau of Benefit Operations
P.O. Box 7905
Madison, WI 53707
Phone: (608) 261-2266 
Fax: (608) 267-0593 

  • Unemployment compensation is a social insurance program designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work, generally through no fault of their own, for periods between jobs. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work.
  • The unemployment compensation program is based upon federal law, but administered by states under state law.
  • Unemployment benefits may be applied for via the Internet or by telephone. Complete information on how to complete the claims process is available at or by calling (608) 232-0678 (Madison), (414) 438-7700, (Milwaukee) or (800) 822-5246. 

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