A committee studying the needs of the Wisconsin prison system on Wednesday developed and approved a request for proposal (RFP) for a “committee consultant” to be responsible for conducting an analysis of all correctional institutions and centers and providing the Committee with recommendations to resolve facility needs statewide.

A key part of the RFP is a requirement for a review of a proposal by Rep. David Steffen, R-Green Bay, to decommission the Green Bay Correctional Institution and builld a new state prison in Northeast Wisconsin, possibly in Kewaunee County.

“I am thankful that the public-private partnership facility concept option, which was a part of my proposal for GBCI, will be a core part of the RFP,” said Steffen, who is a member of the committee. “This will provide additional details and data for the state to consider in regards to innovative and cost-saving options available in the corrections world.”

Steffen said he is optimistic that the committee will work toward “real, meaningful solutions to many of the issues currently impacting Wisconsin’s prisons.”

The 15-member committee is led by Department of Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher and is composed of four state cabinet secretaries, six members of the Legislature, and other individuals with backgrounds relating to the state corrections system.