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Local leaders call for closure of GBCI at Madison roundtable

BY JANELLE FISHER CITY PAGES EDITOR Local officials joined forces last week and headed to Madison calling for the closing of the Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI) in a roundtable discussion focused on making Wisconsin lawmakers aware of the significant issues facing the facility. The discussion, facilitated by Allouez Village President Jim Rafter, included Brown …

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Green Bay Correctional Institution: An uncertain future

By Kris Leonhardt Editor-in-chief Continued from previous edition: click here In July 1979, the reformatory was renamed the “Green Bay Correctional Institution” in keeping with the “more modern, rehabilitative” approach of prison reformation. In 1981, the facility was still dealing with overcrowding issues and an expansion plan to accommodate an additional 75 inmates was developed. …

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Green Bay Correctional Institution: An age of uncertainty

By Kris Leonhardt Editor-in-Chief Continued from the previous edition, click here for previous segment A Nov. 12, 1971, riot brought up serious issues with the facility’s current design. State Department of Health and Social Services Division of Corrections Head Sanger Powers said that the existing location of the power plant posed a threat in such …

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Green Bay Correctional Institution: Growing pains

By Kris Leonhardt Editor-in-Chief Continued from the previous edition: https://gopresstimes.com/2023/02/19/green-bay-correctional-institution-chronic-overcrowding/ In October 1915, excavation began on a new cell wing, only to be put on hold as inmates were allocated for work on the Green Bay-De Pere concrete road. Hampered by weather and other projects, work on the wing lasted for six years. In 1916, …

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Green Bay Correctional Institution: Chronic overcrowding

By Kris Leonhardt Editor-in-chief Continued from previous edition: Click here In April 1902, the reformatory was preparing for another addition, which was in dire need. “The new cell house will accommodate, when completed, 192 prisoners, making cell room for a total of 296 inmates. The institution now has nearly 150 inmates and cell room for …

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Green Bay Correctional Institution: At a standstill

By Kris Leonhardt Editor-in-Chief Continued from the previous edition: https://gopresstimes.com/2023/02/05/green-bay-correctional-institution-further-delays/ By April 10, 1899, the reformatory was home to 38 inmates, but appropriations were still held up as state legislators argued over funding and how much was truly needed to house the incoming residents. The inmates’ days were divided between laboring for the state, learning …

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Green Bay Correctional Institution: The future of the facility

By Kris Leonhardt Editor-in-Chief Continued from a previous story: Click here to read Part I A 188-acre parcel of the Kellogg farm, purchased the summer of 1897 in the town of Allouez, signaled the start of the prison facility – a project that captured the attention of the entire state. The Oct. 26 edition of …

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