Who We Are
he Racine Correctional Institution shall endeavor to protect society from harmful acts, both now, and into the future, which may be committed by offenders placed in custody for the purposes of confinement and positive change. A desirable way to pursue this mission is through an array of services aimed at the positive development of human learning, growth, and meaningful behavior control.
Although the Racine Correctional Institution officially opened its doors on May 6, 1991, part of the facility was the former St. Bonaventure Prep School. St. Bonaventure was founded in 1901 in Pulaski, Wisconsin. Originally, the school's goal was to prepare Polish youth for priesthood. The Franciscans who ran the school wanted a location to draw students from the larger Polish populations of Milwaukee and Chicago. In 1921, they moved to Sturtevant.
Types Of Activity
As the years passed and interest in priesthood decreased, the school's focus changed to preparing young men for college. In 1982, money difficulties forced the school to decide closing after graduation the following year. In 1983, the school closed and eventually was converted into the Racine Correctional Institution.