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Waupun Correctional Institution Location Waupun, Wisconsin Coordinates 43°37′47″N 88°43′53″W / 43.629599°N 88.731401°W / 43.629599; -88.731401Coordinates: 43°37′47″N 88°43′53″W / 43.629599°N 88.731401°W / 43.629599; -88.731401 Status Operational Security class Maximum Capacity 882 males (operating) Population 1,246 males (as of FY 2008[1]) Opened 1851 Managed by Wisconsin Department of Corrections Division of Adult Institutions Director Jim Schwochert Wisconsin State Prison Historic District U.S. National Register of Historic Places U.S. Historic District Photographed by H. H. Bennett in 1893 Location: 200 S. Madison St Waupun, Wisconsin Built: 1854 NRHP Reference#: 91001994 Added to NRHP: January 22, 1992 The Waupun Correctional Institution is a maximum security penitentiary near the center of Waupun, Wisconsin. The prison is currently under the command of Warden William Pollard. Contents 1 History 2 Recent events 3 External links 4 References History On July 4, 1851, Governor Nelson Dewey chose the Waupun area to be the site of the state's penitentiary. The first building was completed in 1854, and is still in use today as the South Cell Hall. Many additions were made over the years in 1855, 1906, 1913, 1940 and 1998. The prison was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the "Wisconsin State Prison Historic District" in 1992.[2] Recent events On December 3, 2001, Warden Gary Mcaughtry (retired 2004) hired the first Pagan Priestess (Rev. Jamyi J. Witch SMW) to serve as one of the institution's two acting chaplains.[3][4] On November 14, 2007, Stuart Ellanson, a 38 year old convicted murderer took a dental technician hostage. The prison was placed on lockdown. The incident ended peacefully.[5] External links Waupun Correctional Institution References ^ ^ Waupun Correctional Institution ^ JS Online: Wiccan defends right to be chaplain ^ JS Online: Rite of passage: Wiccan is new state prison chaplain ^ Todd Richmond, Hostage at Wis. Prison Freed, Associated Press, retrieved November 14, 2007