Green Bay Correctional Institution

The Green Bay Correctional Institution is a maximum-security prison for male inmates located between Green Bay, De Pere, and the Fox and East rivers in Wisconsin. This facility is operated by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and can house approximately 1,100 inmates.

In 1897, the Wisconsin Legislature approved $75,000 for construction of a state reformatory for male offenders ranging in age from 17–30 years old. The state purchased an old, brick bicycle factory and 198 acres, and they named the facility the Wisconsin State Reformatory (WSR).

Over the next two decades, prison construction occurred. They built North Cell Hall between 1898–1904, the South Cell Hall and Administration Building from 1915–1922, and a wooden fence by 1916 for the main compound. Seven years later, they replaced the wooden fence with the 22-foot concrete wall that still stands today. 

In order to alleviate overcrowding in 1932, the Wisconsin State Legislature changed the age requirements for inmates to 16-25 years old. In 1972, WSR became a maximum-security prison for adult males. The name was changed to Green Bay Correctional Institution on July 1, 1979.

In addition to the housing units, the Green Bay Correctional Institution includes a kitchen; two dining rooms; a power plant; textile facilities; academic and vocational education; health services; a chapel; psychological and social services; maintenance facilities; indoor and outdoor recreation facilities; a shower building; a visiting room; and administrative offices.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

For visiting purposes, inmates are identified by their status:

  • UNRESTRICTED: Inmates in General Population with no Visiting Restrictions 
  • RESTRICTED: Inmates in General Population with a No Contact visiting restriction.
  • RESTRICTIVE HOUSING: Inmates in Temporary Lock Up (TLU), Adjustment/Program Segregation, Disciplinary Separation, Protective Confinement, or Administrative Confinement in Restrictive Housing or Treatment Center. 
  • DENIED: Inmates in a Controlled or Observation Status without the verifiable prior approval of the Warden

Location: Visiting Room
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday         2:15 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday                                        8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Inmates are allowed three visits per week Monday – Sunday.
Saturday and Sunday visits are limited to two hours, weekday visits three hours.

*RESTRICTED Visiting Hours
Location: No Contact Booths
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday           2:15 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday                                          8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Restricted Inmates are allowed one one-hour visit Monday – Friday and one, one-hour visit on Saturday or Sunday.

Location: Video Booths
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday          By Appointment Only
Saturday/Sunday                                         8:30 am to 3:30 pm

All visits with an asterisk(s) require a pre-approved appointment for the visit. You must contact the institution two working days before you want to visit. Call between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. 

For *Restricted Visits call (920) 436-3224. 

For **Restrictive Housing Visits call (920) 436-3262.  

For all statuses, except Unrestricted, the number of visitors per visit is limited to two visitors (including children). Unrestricted Status Inmates are allowed up to seven visitors (including children).  

Holiday Visits: Visiting periods available are 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Be aware Holiday Visits still count towards total visits allowed per week.

General Visiting Rules

Upon your arrival at the GBCI Visiting Center Lobby, you must fill out a Request to Visit Offender. You will not be permitted to loiter in the Lobby Area, unless you are waiting to enter the institution. Individuals age 16 and over must provide a Government Issued, valid photo identification

Visiting weeks begin on Monday. There are NO visits on Wednesdays. No visiting forms will be processed one hour before the end of visits. Visits may begin to fill out paperwork, but will not be processed until 2:15 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. weekends. Any portion of a visit is considered a full visit and will be deducted from the amount of visits allowed per week.

It is the visitor’s responsibility to successfully pass the metal detector within three attempts, or the visit will be denied. The metal detector is sensitive to all types of metals. In order to expedite the entrance process, visitors are cautioned and should avoid wearing excessive jewelry and clothing with metal attached or sewn. Visitors will not be allowed to go into the bathroom to remove clothing items in order to pass the metal detector. 

You may visit an inmate only if you are on his list of approved visitors. Each inmate is permitted to designate up to 12 adults. Minor children must also be listed on the inmate’s visiting list. 

Items Permitted in the Visiting Area:

  • Up to $20.00 in coins. Must be in a clear bag. No paper money (a change machine is available in the Lobby Area)  
  • Identification cards – must be locked in a locker in the Lobby area  
  • Comb, Pick, or Hairbrush. No pointed tips.  
  • One coat, one pair of gloves (must be x-rayed)  
  • Headwear, so long as it doesn’t conceal identity
  • Institutional Locker Key  
  • Up to 5 picture tokens  

If you have an infant/baby:

  • A small infant seat 
  • Four diapers 
  • Two baby blankets
  • A small clear bag of wipes 
  • Two see-through bottles or spill proof cups 
  • One pacifier

Hobby Craft Items – Artwork, jewelry, etc. 

Items in the Hobby Case, located outside of the Visiting Room, are available for purchase. The following guidelines are for purchasing those items. 

See the Lobby Officer at least 15 minutes before the end of the visit period. Your visit will be considered finished. Item(s) must be paid for with Cash only. No change is given, so be sure to have exact change.

Dress Code

The following apparel is considered unacceptable for all visitors (men, women & children) and will result in denial of visits: 

  • Watches. 
  • Transparent/translucent clothing. 
  • Shorts that are shorter than fingertip length with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended. 
  • Skirts and dresses shorter than fingertip length plus three inches with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended. 
  • Tops and dresses that are strapless, tube or halter style. 
  • Camisoles and tank tops are only permissible when worn under other attire. 
  • Tops and dresses that expose the midriff (front and/or back). 
  • Spandex or Spandex-like and Lycra or Lycra-like clothing. Tights or leggings of this material may be worn under attire of appropriate length as identified in this section. 
  • Exposed undergarments.
  • Clothing with revealing holes, tears, or slits. 
  • Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images or pictures.
  • Gang-related clothing, headwear, shoes, logos or insignias. 
  • Any clothing that may have the potential to cause undue attention. 

Footwear must be worn at all times. Internet “smart” technology and electronic recording equipment in any form is prohibited. Lobby and Visit Officers have the authority to use discretion regarding clothing and accessories. 

Video Visits

Inmates at Green Bay Correctional Institution in UNRESTRICTED STATUS are eligible for one free 40-minute video visit every two weeks. RESTRICTED STATUS inmates are eligible for one free 40-minute video visit per month. 

All visitors must have previously completed a Visitor Questionnaire and be on their inmate's approved visiting list. 

Prior to the video visiting starting, the visitor/s will be required to show an approved form of identification. Children or minors will be allowed to visit as long as they are already on the approved visiting list. 

Visits are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis as space is limited. Visits can be scheduled by emailing the addresses [email protected]

Visits will be scheduled every 60 minutes (5:00, 6:00, etc.) but will only be a maximum of 40 minutes in length. This is to allow proper cleaning between visits and to ensure connectivity. 

Visiting schedule is as follows for inmates in UNRESTRICTED status:

Monday & Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30pm

Visiting schedule is as follows for inmates in RESTRICTED status: 

Monday & Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 5:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Visitors will receive an email confirmation indicating date / time and a link how to connect to the visit. Visits are conducted using ZOOM. It is suggested that visitors download the ZOOM app on their computer, laptop, cell phone, or tablet prior to the visit to ensure accessibility. 

Physical Address

Green Bay Correctional Institution
2833 Riverside Drive
Green Bay, WI 54307-9033

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General Phone Number

(920) 432-4877

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and DOC number
Green Bay Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 19033
Green Bay, WI 54307-9033

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has a Personal Care Package Program that allows family and friends to purchase approved personal care items for their loved ones at Green Bay Correctional Institution on a quarterly basis directly from Union Supply Group (USG). Orders can be placed online at or by phone, fax, or mail.


Electronic messages can be sent to and from Green Bay CI inmates through the CorrLinks system. Inmates must initiate the contact by adding a friend or family member to their contact list. 

An auto-generated request that includes the inmate name and DOC number is then sent by CorrLinks to the friend/family member’s email address. To accept the request, simply click the link in the email to be taken to the CorrLinks website where you can create an account at no cost. 

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Green Bay Correctional Institution, 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 Green Bay Correctional Institution 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

Adult Basic Education, GED, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Sex Offender Treatment, Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Windows to Work, Thinking For A Change. 

Vocational classes include Automotive Maintenance Tech, Construction Essentials, Computer Drafting: Mechanical, Custodial Services, Culinary Arts, Horticulture, Machine Tool Operation, Masonry/Bricklaying, Motorcycle, Marine, & Outdoor Power Products Tech, Welding: Production.

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Careers at Green Bay Correctional Institution

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