Social justice groups have found Governor Tony Evers and his administration receptive to proposals to reduce the inmate population in Wisconsin state prisons and close the 121-year old Green Bay Correctional Institution. Critics, however, say under present circumstances that could create a public safety concern. Current facilities are overcrowded and would become more so without a new prison to replace GBCI. Kewaunee County has been mentioned as a location for a new facility. State Senator Andre Jacque says many questions need to be answered before inmate reductions and new prisons are considered.
Senator Jacque agrees that it's no longer a question of if GBCI will be closed, especially with operational costs of nearly $40-million yearly.