Thompson Correctional Center – Wisconsin

Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Thompson Correctional Center?  Thompson Correctional Center is a prison in the Wisconsin state prison system, which is part of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.  This guide will tell you information about anything one might want to know about Thompson Correctional Center:  Learn how to locate an inmate.  How to visit Thompson Correctional Center inmates.  The address and phone number at Thompson Correctional Center  Mailing or sending money to an inmate.  And much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Thompson Correctional Center
Year Opened: 1942
State: Wisconsin
County: Dane County,
DOC: Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Warden Name: Mr. DeWayne Street,

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Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Thompson Correctional Center. Use the mailing address if you are sending a package or letter to a prisoner at Thompson Correctional Center, and be sure to use the street address if you need to know the location of the prison.

Mailing Address

Be sure to check the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures heading below if you are going to send a package or letter to an inmate to learn how to correctly address the item, and use the appropriate protocol for mailing a package or letter. If you don’t use the appropriate steps, the package or letter might not get delivered.

Thompson Correctional Center
434 State Farm Rd 
Deerfield WI, 53531-9562

Street Address / Prison Location


Thompson Correctional Center
434 State Farm Rd 
Deerfield WI, 53531-9562

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (608) 423-3415
Fax Number:

Map and Directions

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Use the street address if you plan to visit an inmate. Be sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule headings further down on this page before you visit someone in prison.

Thompson Correctional Center
434 State Farm Rd 
Deerfield WI, 53531-9562


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Phone Number

Inmates can’t take phone calls, so you won’t get to call your inmate, however, there are cases when it may be helpful to know the telephone number to Thompson Correctional Center.
(608) 423-3415

Thompson Correctional Center inmates may be able to make phone calls using:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Prisoners don’t have fax machines, so you won’t get to send a fax to an inmate, but there are times when it may be necessary to have the fax number to Thompson Correctional Center.

Email Address

The email address below is the primary email for Thompson Correctional Center. You cannot reach individuals at this address. If you want to find out how to email an inmate, read the Inmate Email heading further down on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

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Inmate Email

To send a letter via email to a prisoner at Thompson Correctional Center you must follow an exact procedure to ensure that the message gets to the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prisoners are not permitted to access the web.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain steps that you have to follow when mailing mail to a state prisoner. If you do not then what you sent might not make it there.

Before you send anything, make sure to read the information below:

Mail Monitoring

Thompson Correctional Center employees open and read all incoming general postal correspondence. Received general mail may be read as frequently as necessary to keep security and safety or monitor a particular problem confronting an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the correct format for how you need to address a package or letter to a state prison inmate at Thompson Correctional Center:

Thompson Correctional Center
434 State Farm Rd 
Deerfield WI, 53531-9562

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Inmate Money

Each state correctional institution has a Commissary which serves to provide prisoners a bank type account for prisoner funds and for buying items not issued regularly by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can deposit money to prisoner’s Commissary accounts with Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends are able to send prisoners funds through postal mail and have to send money to the following address and follow the policies listed below:

The deposit must be a money order that is made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is advisable to use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day hold period, in which the inmate will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender any funds that do not have correct inmate information provided the envelope you sent it in has a return address. Checks and cash won’t be deposited to the prisoner’s account so do not send checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prison inmates are often changed to different prisons throughout Wisconsin, so you may have to find the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to locate an Thompson Correctional Center inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Wisconsin state prisons: Wisconsin State Prisons

Wisconsin Department of Corrections Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you go to visit an inmate at Thompson Correctional Center, you must be aware of the following information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every prison has its own procedures for prison visitation and they get changed often. The rules listed here might be out of date when you are reading this, so be sure to also go to Thompson Correctional Center’s site to get the latest visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard will ensure every visitor signs the prison visitors log when they enter the correctional facility and upon departure.

Identification Required

Photo identification of all visitors will be required. Acceptable forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; however, a state issued picture ID is acceptable.

For everything shown below, check the actual Thompson Correctional Center website because this info changes often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Info about Thompson Correctional Center records will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

More information about Thompson Correctional Center death row will be posted ASAP.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about Wisconsin parole coming.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Info about release procedures coming soon.

Inmate Programs

WORK RELEASE – Work release is the primary focus at TCC. Inmates earn the privilege of work release through positive conduct at the center. TCC may have up to 90 inmates employed in work release positions in surrounding communities.
While on work release, inmates pay toward their obligations such as court ordered restitution and fines and child support. Work release also allows inmates an opportunity to save for release for a more successful transition to the community.

GED/HSED – TCC has a half time teacher who provides Adult Basic Education to inmates who do not yet have a high school diploma or equivalent. Inmates have the opportunity to attend classes and take sanctioned tests in order to attain this important credential. Subjects covered are Civics, Employability Skills, Health, Literature, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Writing. Inmates who have an educational need are required to attend school in order to be eligible for work release.

ALCOHOLICS ANNONYMOUS (AA) – TCC has several dedicated volunteers who donate their time and talents towards the betterment of inmates who have dependence problems and are serious about changing directions in their lives.

PRE-RELEASE CURRICULUM – This is a Division of Adult Institutions initiative in which inmates are exposed to subjects that will assist them in being successful upon their eventual release into society. Covered curriculum includes: Education, Employment, Family Support, Financial Literacy, Health, Housing, Personal Development, Transitional Preparation, Transportation and Wellness.

GARDEN PROGRAM – TCC has developed a garden initiative over the years that produces a variety of fresh produce used in preparation of inmate meals. Excess produce, which totals thousands of pounds each year, is donated to the Wisconsin Second Harvest Program and the Deerfield Community Center.

SECOND CHANCES – Second Chances is a partnership between TCC and Dane County Humane Society to teach abandoned, stray or surrendered dogs basic socialization skills. For 12 weeks an individual dog is assigned to a team of inmates where he or she will live with them, learn basic commands, be housebroken and experience socialization with a lot of people during their stay. This program transforms the dogs into highly desirable pets that people want to adopt. This program is not all about the dogs though; it also provides a mechanism that allows inmates to give back to society. Inmates also learn valuable life skills that can not be taught in a classroom but, rather, must be learned by experience. TCC inmates help the dogs build or rebuild trust in humans. The final benefit is to the individual or family that ultimately adopts the dogs and adds a new member to their family for years to come.

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Prison Life

Info about prison life coming.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Thompson Correctional Center news coming soon.


A section with photos of Thompson Correctional Center coming soon.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Thompson Correctional Center
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Thompson Correctional Center.

If you have any photos of Thompson Correctional Center that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a job at a correctional facility? Have experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility in the past?

If so, go to: Thompson Correctional Center Jobs

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The official website: Thompson Correctional Center Website

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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Family Resources

Information about family resources to be added later.


A history section coming.

Such as:

  • Famous Thompson Correctional Center inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Wisconsin State Prisons: Wisconsin State Prisons

Thompson Correctional Center Links

The official website: Thompson Correctional Center Website
Thompson Correctional Center Jobs

Wisconsin Department of Corrections Links

Wisconsin Department of Corrections Main Website
Wisconsin Department of Corrections Prison Directory
Wisconsin Department of Corrections Prison Map
Wisconsin Department of Corrections Prison Jobs
Wisconsin Department of Corrections Prison Inmate Search
Wisconsin Department of Corrections Most Wanted

Wisconsin Department of Corrections Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a Wisconsin State Prison Inmate

Sending Mail to Wisconsin State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to Wisconsin State Prison Inmates
Wisconsin State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Thompson Correctional Center

Have you ever been a prisoner in Thompson Correctional Center? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Thompson Correctional Center?

If yes, then please write a review about it. Write about your experience so that other people will know what to expect.

Things you can put in what you write:

  • Prison conditions
  • Facility facility and layout
  • Guards and staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Inmate programs and activities

If you are currently incarcerated at this prison, leave your mailing address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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