Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle says that an agency linked to an alleged kickback scheme involving a former state senator remains the front-runner to own a new women’s prison in Milwaukee. Doyle said a non-profit arm of the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) would have to run the prison. Doyle said negotiations should continue OIC to own all or part of the $5 million women’s prison, scheduled to open in May.
Doyle said, “I think we can accomplish what we want to accomplish with having the prison in Milwaukee, having the surrounding social services that are done, work with the women to reintegrate them back into the community.”
Former state Sen. Gary George has been indicted on charges of taking kickbacks from attorney Mark Sostarich for work the lawyer did for the center.
The center and its community partners hve proposed to collect 20 years of rent payments from the state for the prison and to get contracts for drug and alcohol counseling, job training, and programs to help inmates prepare for release.