2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 302. Prisons; state, county and municipal.
302.07 Maintenance of order.
302.07 Maintenance of order. The warden or superintendent shall maintain order, enforce obedience, suppress riots and prevent escapes. For such purposes the warden or superintendent may command the aid of the officers of the institution and of persons outside of the prison; and any person who fails to obey such command shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not more than one year or by a fine not exceeding $500. The warden or superintendent may adopt proper means to capture escaped inmates.
Because administrative segregation is the type of confinement inmates should reasonably anticipate, they have no liberty interest protected by the due process clause in not being placed in administrative segregation. The same applies to adjustment or program segregation. Kirsch v. Endicott, 201 Wis. 2d 705, 549 N.W.2d 761 (Ct. App. 1996), 94-0359.
State traffic patrol officers may act as peace officers during a prison riot or other disturbance even when this occurs during a strike of prison guards; they may not, however, perform other duties of guards. 68 Atty. Gen. 104.
Correctional staff have the authority of peace officers in pursuing and capturing escaped inmates. 68 Atty. Gen. 352.