Wisconsin Inmate Educational Association (WIEA) exists to bring peace, forgiveness and reconciliation to prison inmates (and their families) in Wisconsin. WIEA implements the BA Degree program in Biblical Studies through a collaboration with Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.
Primary Focus Area: Prison Education – BA Degree in Biblical Studies and Field Mentor Program
Requesting Funding for "Operation Transformation"
Program Budget: $392,290
Operating Budget:$ 478,661
Lutheran Affiliation: Pan-Lutheran
Programs: In response to escalating prison costs, violence, and recidivism, WIEA’s Operation Transformation prison seminary program is in its fourth year. It is a collaboration with Trinity International University and Waupun Correctional Institution, which provides a B.A. degree in Biblical Studies to inmates serving long-term sentences. The 30 students currently enrolled study 6 hours daily, 5 days a week, year-round. The program has enabled the development and growth of strong student inmate leaders. Through studies, inmates explore their connection to God and learn traditional subjects that contribute to their success as “Field Mentors” who counsel, educate, and mentor other inmates. These emerging leaders are growing in their love of Christ and gaining the knowledge and skills required to improve themselves, their communities, and their families.
Who is Served: The organization serves men in prison who are highly marginalized and many are from families with lower socio-economic backgrounds.
Location: PO Box 684 Brookfield, WI 53008