Ozaukee County Jail Literacy Program



Ozaukee County Jail Literacy Program, Inc.
Our Mission

The Ozaukee County Jail Literacy Program, Inc. (also known as "OCJLP" or the "Program") provides educational opportunities to incarcerated adults through compassionate delivery of services and community support in a secular, non-discriminatory educational environment. 
Our Background

OCJLP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Wisconsin, was founded in 1992 by Nina Walker and Judy Johnson. The enthusiasm and dedication of Nina Walker, together with our dedicated officers and directors, and the generous support from individuals and businesses throughout the Ozaukee County community, have guided the Program in providing invaluable education opportunities to over 1,000 incarcerated adults. It is through these opportunities that inmates learn the importance of education and goal setting, improve their personal and employment potential (e.g., through our life skills program), earn their GED/HSED, and gain a sense of self-worth and accomplishment, all of which ultimately lead to the reduction of recidivism. The Ozaukee County Jail Literacy Program is currently the only private agency in Wisconsin that provides education at the jail level.

Our Focus

The Program is available to inmates over the age of 18, who do not have their high school diplomas, are currently in the Ozaukee County Jail (Port Washington, WI) and who have demonstrated an interest and dedication to furthering their education and self-improvement. While the Program serves approximately 50-60 inmates each year, there are never more than 10 students in the classroom at any one time. This allows two instructors to provide one-on-one specialized instruction/attention to each student during each class/session. Students attend a total of 12 hours of classroom instruction each week (over the course of three days).

In furtherance of its Mission, OCJLP offers the following programs/opportunities:

  • High School Equivalency Diploma completion/on-site GED/HSED testing
  • Basic literacy skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Goal setting and career awareness and employability skills courses
  • Computer literacy classes
  • Financial literacy classes
  • Art Workshops
  • Job readiness
  • Workforce development
  • Family literacy

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Educate an Inmate

Please read about our "Educate an Inmate" campaign here.

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The Ozaukee County board passed a proclamation in honor of OCJLP's 25th anniversary!

For more pictures of the celebration, please visit our 'Special Events' page.

Pictured l to r: Lee Schlenvogt, County Board President, Holly Ryan, Jail Literacy President, Roberta Campbell and Grace Eernisse, Board Members, and Captain Jeff Sauer, Jail Administrator

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L to R:  Linda Krieg, Mary Albrecht & Mark Harrington
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Thank You!!

We'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank United Way-Northern Ozaukee. Their funding and support make it possible for us to carry on our mission!

Thank You, Thank You!!

Thank you to the Cedarburg Library, the Grafton Library and Family Sharing for your book donations throughout the year. You are so appreciated!  You help us to keep our student inmates and the general population inmates reading all year long!

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MATC Teachers
October 30, 2018

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Rep. Jim Ott
September 18, 2018

l to r: Nina Walker, Co-founder, Patty Puccinelli, OCJLP, Rep. Jim Ott, Holly Ryan, OCJLP, Donna Gruetzmacher, OCJLP

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SEEK Visit
July 31, 2018

l to r: Toni Sickles, SEEK, Patty Puccinelli, OCJLP, Mike Wifler, OCJLP

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PACE  Industries Visit
June 13, 2018

l to r: Donna Gruetzmacher and Patty Puccinelli, OCJLP teachers, Mary Livingston and Nicole Duppler, HR PACE Industries

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Rep. Robert Brooks' Visit on April 12, 2018

Pictured L to R:
Back Row: Holly Ryan, OCJLP President, Rep. Robert Brooks, Sheriff Jim Johnson, Dan Perchinsky, Advisor, Christopher Schaefer, Advisor, and Capt. Jeff Sauer, Jail Administrator
Front Row: Grace Eernisse, OCJLP Board Member, Nina Walker, Co-Founder OCJLP, and Darla Flemming, Advisor

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SEEK Donation

Pictured l to r: Chouyee Thai, Yvonne Clemons, Celina Braille, Sherry Farver, Nicole Weiland, Hannah McCartney, Holly Ryan (OCJLP), Toni Sickles, & Andrea Harmelink

Visit on August 23rd

Pictured l to r: Patty Puccinelli, teacher, Isaiah Ortiz, Anthem Health, Scott Thornton, ResCare, Steven Fowlkes, W2, and Donna Gruetzmacher, teacher


L to R: Barbara Bates Nelson, Ex-Director, United Way-Northern Ozaukee and VP Wilma Bonaparte, MATC North

Pictured l to r: Mike Wifler, teacher; Patty Puccinelli, teacher; and Carol Schneider from SEEK

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the Ozaukee County Jail Literacy Program, in volunteering or donating or if you would like to arrange to have someone speak to your group, you can reach us at:

Phone: (262) 238-8445 or
Email:   jailteach@co.ozaukee.wi.us

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Pictured l to r: Donna Gruetzmacher, teacher and Patty Puccinelli, teacher


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