Windows to Work is a program designed to help inmates at the Oakhill Correctional Facility and Fox Lake Correctional Institution who are about to be released into the South Central Wisconsin workforce development area search for and secure employment to ensure successful reintegration into the community after release.
The program seeks to reduce recidivism in the counties of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette and Sauk. The objectives are to provide individual case management for each inmate or parolee with the goal of increasing employability skills and employment opportunities to reduce the risk of reoffending and create safer communities in South Central Wisconsin.
The program begins working with inmates six months prior to their release and offers education and training in the following areas:
- Problem solving skills
- Financial literacy
- Criminal and addictive behavior
- Interpersonal relationships
- Application and resume completion
- General work skills and expectations
- Job seeking and attainment skills
- Interview preparation
Follow-up work continues for a minimum of one year after release to ensure long-term success and lower the risk of reoffending. This voluntary program seeks to aid participants who are within six months of release, have shown a commitment to education and are regarded as being at high risk of reoffending, with priority given to candidates who are between 18-30 years old, have children and/or have completed a GED/HSED.
Windows to Work is funded by the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections via the Becky Young Recidivism Reduction Appropriation.