For more than two decades, the Kenosha Probation and Parole office was located at 1212 60th St in Kenosha. On August 24, 2020 the building would burn to the ground by rioters.
The agents and other staff members all had to cram into a small office space on Highway H near the Kenosha County Detention Center. It was a less-than-ideal arrangement. The owner of the building, local retired business owner Randy Pulera, said that August 24, 2020 was a day “[he] would like to forget.” The building was a complete loss.
Pulera had leased most of the building to the State of Wisconsin Department of corrections for more than 20 years. It was remodeled a few times in that time period. Pulera said he had a good relationship with the State of Wisconsin and he was happy to have them back. He did give the state influence on how the new building would be designed and built. Friday afternoon, the local DOC administration invited local officials to tour the brand new building. KCE was fortunate to be invited as well.
We received a tour from Deputy Chief Terra Lindberg, who hosted the local criminal justice community. Lindberg told KCE that her and her team moved into the building on February 1, 2023, but wanted her staff to have some time to settle in before Friday’s open house. With the new building smell still fresh, we walked throughout the building whose occupants’ mission is to rehabilitate local offenders.
Building owner Randy Pulera learned that the flag that once stood in front of the building and survived the fire, was taken by some individuals shortly after the riots. He got his lawyer involved. Eventually, with his attorney’s assistance, he got the flag back. His wife Patricia framed the flag and brought it to hang on the wall of the the new building. “I thought it was the best place for it [to be displayed],” said Pulera.
Below are some photos of the new building.