What is extended supervision in Wisconsin and what are the 18 standard rules?

Marlin Dixon takes in the warmth of the afternoon sun on Milwaukee's lakefront just a month after his released from the John C. Burke Correctional Center on Sept. 22, 2020. Dixon was also given 22 years of extended supervision. "These rules are put in place not to make you better," he said. "They are to contribute to the recidivism rate, and right now I have a lot of odds against me."

What is extended supervision?

When former inmates are under "extended supervision, it means they have completed their prison sentence and now have a period of community supervision to complete. A judge determined the length of the extended supervision at the time of sentencing.

Extended supervision happens under the Department of Corrections. Everyone receives 18 basic rules, and additional ones may be tacked on depending on the person's history or the reason for incarceration. Violations of the Rules of Community Supervision may lead to revocation of supervision, and a return to prison.

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18 rules everyone must follow under extended supervision

  1. Avoid all conduct which is in violation of federal or state statute, municipal or county ordinances, tribal law or which is not in the best interest of the public welfare or your rehabilitation.

  2. Report all arrests or police contact to your agent within 72 hours.

  3. Make every effort to accept the opportunities and cooperate with counseling offered during supervision to include addressing the identified case plan goals. This includes authorizing the exchange of information between the department and any court ordered or agent directed program for purposes of confirming treatment compliance; and subsequent disclosure to parties deemed necessary by the agent to achieve the purposes of Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter DOC 328 and Chapter DOC 331. Refusal to authorize the exchange of information and subsequent disclosure shall be considered a violation of this rule.

  4. Inform your agent of your whereabouts and activities as he/she directs.

  5. Submit a written report monthly and any other such relevant information as directed by the DDOC staff.

  6. Make yourself available for searches including but not limited to residence, property, computer, cell phone or other electronic device under your control.

  7. Make yourself available for tests and comply with ordered tests by your agent including but not limited to urinalysis, breathalyzer, DNA collection and blood samples.

  8. Obtain approval from your agent prior to changing residence or employment. In the case of an emergency, notify your agent of the change within 72 hours.

  9. Obtain approval and a travel permit from your agent prior to leaving the State of Wisconsin.

  10. Obtain written approval from your agent prior to purchasing, trading, selling, or operating a motor vehicle.

  11. Obtain approval from your agent prior to borrowing money or purchasing on credit.

  12. Pay court ordered obligations and monthly supervision fees as directed by your agent per Wisconsin Statutes, and Wisconsin Administrative Code; and comply with any department and/or vendor procedures regarding payment of fees.

  13. Obtain permission from your agent prior to purchasing, possessing, owning, or carrying a firearm or other weapon, or ammunition, including incapacitating agents. An offender may not be granted permission to possess a firearm if prohibited under federal or state law.

  14. Not vote in any federal, state or local election as outlined in Wisconsin Statutes s.6.03(1)(b) if you are a convicted felon, until you have successfully completed the terms and conditions of your felony sentence and your civil rights have been restored.

  15. Abide by all rules of any detention or correctional facility in which you may be confined.

  16. Provide true, accurate, and complete information in response to inquiries by DOC staff.

  17. Report as directed for scheduled and unscheduled appointments.

  18. Comply with any court ordered conditions and/or any additional rules established by your agent. The additional rules established by your agent may be modified at any time as appropriate.

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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: What is extended supervision in Wisconsin, what are the standard rules