New report highlights disparities between Wisconsin arrest rates of black, white, Native American youth

The number of kids arrested in Wisconsin is declining, but only for white juveniles. A new report found that black youth are three times more likely, and Native American youth twice as likely, to be arrested in Wisconsin than their white peers. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Assembly unanimously passes bill overhauling juvenile corrections system


Juvenile offenders in Wisconsin would be removed from the state’s embattled youth prison by 2021 under a bill approved unanimously on Wednesday by the state Assembly. The legislation would send most youth offenders to facilities overseen by counties throughout the state. > Cap Times

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