Black River Correctional Center

The Black River Correctional Center is a prison for male inmates that is located in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. This facility is part of the Wisconsin Correctional System, an "institution" that includes 14 adult male correctional centers overseen by a single warden centrally located in Madison, Wisconsin.

Black River first opened as a correctional camp for boys in 1962. It became BRCC in December of 2003 and housed adult male inmates in a "military bearing" program. In 2014, Black River changed to a low-risk Earned Release Program.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Black River Correctional Center are on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, from 8:30am to 3:30pm.  

General Visiting Rules

All visitors must be on the inmates approved “visiting list” and possess proper I.D. All visitors must proceed from the Visitors Parking Area to the Control Center to register. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Once registered, visitors are not allowed to return to their vehicles unless authorized by the sergeant. The sergeant MUST inspect all items brought into the Center.

Visitors may not bring any personal property (including cell phones, pagers, PDA’s, cameras, or any other electronic device) into the center, except for baby supplies and a maximum of $15 in cash for use in the vending machines. 

Purses and diaper bags are not permitted inside the center. Diapers, individual wipes, plastic baby bottles and toddler cups should be carried in a paper or plastic bag.  

Inmates may not receive money orders, certified checks, or property on visits. 

Dress Code

The visiting room at Black River has a family friendly atmosphere. Please keep this in mind when selecting clothing to wear for their visit. All clothing must be worn in the manner in which it is intended. The following is considered unacceptable and will result in the denial of a visit:

  • Watches of all types including smart watches 
  • Any wearable items with internet/smart technology and/or electronic recording equipment in any form 
  • Transparent clothing (thin white or light colored shirts) 
  • Shorts shorter than fingertip length (visitor standing naturally with arms straight down the side of body and fingers extended) 
  • Skirts or dresses shorter than fingertip length plus three inches
  • Tops and dresses that are strapless, tube, tank, spaghetti-strap and/or halter top 
  • Tops and dresses that expose the midriff (front and/or back) and/or cleavage area 
  • Spandex, spandex-like, Lycra or Lycra-like tights, leggings and jeggings 
  • Any clothing with the potential to cause undue attention 
  • Underwear worn on the outside or exposed undergarments 
  • Clothing with holes or tears including jeans and jackets with partial holes 
  • Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images, or pictures
  • Gang-related or club related clothing or insignia. This includes headwear, footwear, logos or insignias. Motorcycle jackets bearing club logos. 
  • Hats must be worn with brim facing straight forward at all-times 
  • Pants must be pulled up at all times (no sagging) 

Footwear must be worn at all times. Headwear/Hats are permitted. Acceptable attire must be worn at all times. The dress code applies equally to men, women and children.

Physical Address

Black River Correctional Center
W6898 E Staffon Road
Black River Falls, WI 54615-6426

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(715) 333-5681

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Black River Correctional Center
Offender’s Name and DOC Number Housing Unit & Cell number
W6898 E Staffon Road
Black River Falls, WI 54615-6426

Inmate Packages & Property Mailing Address
Black River Correctional Center
Offender’s Name and DOC Number Housing Unit & Cell number
W6898 E Staffon Road
Black River Falls, WI 54615-6426

The Wisconsin DOC has a Personal Care Package Program that allows you to purchase approved personal care items for your inmate at Black River Correctional Center. Orders can be placed online at

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Black River Correctional Center, but they do have access to phones. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Wisconsin, please click here.

How to Send Money

Inmate funds at Black River Correctional Center are received through Access Corrections Secure Deposit and their affiliate walk-in provider CashPayToday.

US Postal Service (no service fees):

  • Print and complete a Wisconsin DOC Money Order/Check Deposit Slip (bilingüe). Forms are also available at the facilities.
  • The inmate's DOC number must be written on the check/money order and deposit slip.
  • All writing must be legible and in blue or black ink. 
  • Do not include any additional items such as photos or letters, as they will be discarded. 
  • Make cashier's checks, personal checks, and money orders payable to ACCESS SECURE DEPOSITS.
  • Mail to: Secure Deposits – Wisconsin DOC, P.O. Box 12486, St Louis, MO 63132.

Walk-in (service fees apply):

  • Visit or call (844) 340-2274 to enroll.
  • Walk-in sites accept cash only.
  • Visit CashPayToday to locate a Dollar General, Family Dollar, Speedway, or other location near you that accepts walk-in payments, or view this list of WI locations.

Internet or Phone (service fees apply):

  • Visit or call (866) 345-1884 (bilingüe; agents available 24/7)
  • Visa and MasterCard are accepted

Programs For Inmates

BRCC uses evidence-based practices in their primary program, the Earned Release Program (ERP). The core curriculum used in ERP is Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse. The low-risk program is abstinence-based and is generally 90-days in length. It includes specially structured weekly activities. 

All inmates at BRCC are required to fully participate in programming, work-related activities and community service.  Inmates without a diploma or GED have an opportunity to attend school with individual tutoring as they work towards earning a High School Equivalency Diploma.   

A major emphasis of ERP is community reentry, which involves the inmate’s Division of Community Corrections agent from the first month of the program. Their involvement increases during release planning to address aftercare, residence, support services, and employment. 

Each inmate must prepare a release plan that is reviewed by staff. Upon completion of the program, the sentencing court is notified and modifies the sentence to release inmate graduates on Extended Supervision.

Other programming at BRCC includes Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment and Thinking for A Change.

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Careers at Black River Correctional Center

If you are interested in a career with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and would like more information about job openings at the Black River Correctional Center, click here.