Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center

The Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center is a minimum-security prison for adult female inmates that is located in Union Grove, Wisconsin. This facility – which includes an 84-bed treatment unit – is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

The Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center is part of the Wisconsin Women's Correctional System, along with Taycheedah Correctional Institution and the Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center. 

The average age of inmates at Ellsworth is 39. Most have one year or less remaining on their sentence.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center are:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM 
  • Saturday, Sundays and Holidays 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM

Visitors will not be admitted from 10:45 a.m. until count is clear.
Visitors will not be admitted from 3:30 p.m. until count is clear. 

RHU Visiting Hours: 

  • Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for all inmates 
  • Saturday and Sunday 3:15 PM to 5:15 pm for Program 2 and TLU only 

EXCEPTION: There will be NO VISITS on Training Days which are held on the 1st Friday and the 3rd Monday of every month. 

Please do not arrive early for visits as you will not be allowed to wait on Center grounds.

General Visiting Rules

Inmates are allowed a total of one visit per day, and three visits total per week (Monday through Sunday), this includes weeks that there are holidays. Inmates are only allowed one visit on either Saturday or Sunday, not both. 

All visits are limited to a total of three hours in length. All visitors must arrive at least 60 minutes before visits end, or they will be denied entrance. No persons or animals are permitted to be left unattended in vehicles. 

All visitors age sixteen (16) or older must provide photo identification. Visitors must be on the approved visiting list (this includes children and infants).

Outside visits will be allowed, weather permitting, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The on- duty officer will determine if the outside visiting area is open or closed. Check in with the officer on duty beforehand to let them know that you would like to visit outside.

The following items are allowed to be brought into facilities by inmate visitors: 

  • Money, not to exceed $20.00 for each adult visitor. 
  • Comb, pick or brush, limited to one for each visitor. 
  • Up to two baby blankets for each child. 
  • Up to four diapers for each child. Diaper bags are not allowed. 
  • Up to two plastic baby bottles for each child. An empty “sippy” cup will count the same as a bottle. 
  • Three unopened plastic containers of baby food with a plastic spoon. 
  • One hand-held baby seat for each child. 
  • Diaper wipes must be kept in a clear plastic bag. 
  • One pacifier for each child. 
  • One coat and one pair of gloves for each visitor. 
  • Headwear 
  • One coat and one pair of gloves for each visitor.
  • One facility locker key. 

Visitors are permitted to bring in medically necessary medications in a clear plastic bag such as but not limited to: inhalers, nitro pills (only individual pills, not bottles), epi pens, Diabetic supplies, etc. 

Dress Code

The following apparel is considered unacceptable and will result in denial of entrance to the Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center visiting room: 

  • 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. 
  • 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 and acceptable attire must be worn at all times. 

Video Visits

Every inmate at Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center is allowed to have one 20-minute video visit every two weeks. They are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis as space is limited. Visits can only be scheduled by emailing [email protected]

All visitors wishing to participate in the video visit must be listed on the emailed request. Requests may take up to two business days to schedule. Visitors must have previously completed a Visitor Questionnaire and be on their inmate's approved visiting list.

Visits will be scheduled every 30 minutes (3:00, 3:30, 4:00, etc.) but will only be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Visiting schedule is as follows:

Monday- Friday 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Visits are conducted using ZOOM. It is suggested that visitors download the ZOOM app prior to the visit to ensure accessibility. The app can be downloaded on their computer, laptop, cell phone, or tablet. 

Physical Address

Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center
21425-A Spring St.
Union Grove, WI 53182-9408

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(262) 878-6000

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and DOC number
Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center
21425-A Spring St.
Union Grove, WI 53182-9408

The Wisconsin DOC has a Personal Care Package Program that allows you to purchase approved personal care items for your loved ones at Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center. Orders can be placed online at

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Robert E. Ellsworth 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 Robert E. Ellsworth 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

Programming at REECC includes education, substance abuse disorder (SUD), re-entry, family reintegration, grief counselling, religious instruction, and more. 

The primary program offered is a moderate and high-risk SUD Earned Release Program (ERP), which lasts 14 to 16 weeks. The ERP curriculum includes:

  • Helping Women Recover
  • Beyond Violence
  • Seeking Safety
  • Connections
  • Moving On
  • Alternative to Revocation
  • Anger Management
  • Violence in Relationships
  • Thinking for A Change
  • Parenting Inside Out

The work release program offers inmates employment in nearby communities in various fields, such as industrial, food service, hair care, and customer service.  

A variety of educational opportunities are available to REECC inmates, including tutoring, GED/HSED preparation, correspondence courses, and technical/vocational education.

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