Walker administration will not appeal Lincoln Hills order on teen inmates


The state will not appeal an order requiring it to drastically reduce its use of solitary confinement and pepper spray on teenage inmates. John Paquin, administrator of the state Division of Juvenile Corrections, wrote in a memo Wednesday that the state would not appeal the decision or ask to delay its implementation. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Counties sending fewer teens to troubled Wisconsin juvenile prison amid federal investigation


Nineteen months after agents and lawyers raided Wisconsin’s youth prison over allegations of inmate abuse and other crimes, the number of people housed there remains far below pre-raid levels, signaling that local authorities remain leery of the prison as federal investigations continue. > Appleton Post-Crescent

Video shows Lincoln Hills guard kneel on handcuffed juvenile inmate’s neck

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A guard at Wisconsin’s juvenile prison complex stepped on the base of the neck of a teen inmate and then lowered knee-first onto his neck while the youth was on the floor in handcuffs, newly obtained video of the 2013 incident shows. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Saying Unabomber ‘has less restrictive confinement than the youth at Lincoln Hills’, judge orders changes


A federal judge ruled Friday that the state must dramatically reduce the use of pepper spray, restraints and solitary confinement for its teen inmates, saying: “This is the most severe and damaging type of solitary confinement that’s used in the American penal system.” > Wisconsin State Journal

Former Lincoln Hills juvenile inmate: ‘Help us, don’t incarcerate us’


“Wisconsin’s current system emphasizes punishment instead of prevention. This causes irreparable damage not only to a young person’s development and growth, but to their self-worth and dignity. And currently proposed laws would simply send more kids to dangerous facilities like Lincoln Hills for a wider array of crimes and for longer periods of time.” > The Cap Times

Rep. Gannon on juvenile crime bill: Only way to control crime is to get ‘dirtballs off the street’


The Assembly Corrections Committee has advanced two Republican bills that could send more kids to Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison for longer stints. Rep. Bob Gannon (R-West Bend) said his sympathy meter is broken and the only way to control crime is to get “dirtballs off the street.” > AP News / US News & World Report

Legislature should stop worst practices at our juvenile prisons


The executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative makes the case that youths at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile prisons need a lot more help from the Legislature than they are getting. > The Cap Times