In-person visits resuming next month at Wisconsin prisons

Wisconsin’s Department Corrections made the announcement Monday
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Posted at 2:09 PM, Jun 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-07 15:09:46-04

MADISON (NBC 26) — In-person visits will be allowed to resume at Wisconsin's prisons starting next month, Wisconsin’s Department Corrections announced Monday.

DOC said it consulted with Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services to determine it's now safe for the state’s correctional facilities to begin the transition back to normal activities, including in-person visitation.

The DOC cited downward trends in COVID-19 infections across the state and in DOC facilities.

DOC said it had previously switched from in-person visits to video visits when the pandemic first began. Now, in-person visits at DOC facilities can resume starting July 6.

Visitations will be allowed with some precautions, the DOC said. Those precautions include wearing masks, screening visitors for COVID-19 symptoms and modified or different visiting rooms that allow for physical distancing.

More information for visitors can be found here.

DOC said its COVID-19 dashboards indicate only 11 active cases currently among the more than 19,000 people in the department’s custody across 37 institutions. In addition, the dashboards show 57% of DOC’s population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and more than 90% of those who have not declined vaccination have received at least one dose, the DOC said in a statement.