Scott Walker’s 25 years of charting a corrections policy course in the state of Wisconsin implicate him in the catastrophe the adult and juvenile incarcerations across Wisconsin have become. With prison reform in the news and Walker’s own campaign attempting to demagogue on the issue, a fuller examination of his record is warranted. > Wisconsin Gazette
Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn’t recall if his office canceled an outside review of the state’s troubled youth prison while alleged abuses there mounted in 2015, as his then-prisons chief and the director of a former national corrections group now claim. > Wisconsin State Journal
CBS 7 Wausau is reporting that in the days following Gov. Scott Walker telling the public in December 2015 that he was learning about the gravity of the Lincoln Hills youth prison scandal, Walker’s staff told former prisons Secretary Ed Wall to cancel his request for an independent review and assessment of the prison.
A federal judge has signed off on an agreement that would end the use of pepper spray and nearly eliminate the use of solitary confinement at Wisconsin’s juvenile prisons. The judge gave final approval to the deal Thursday, which would also greatly limit when handcuffs and other restraints can be used. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Lawsuits over the problems at Wisconsin’s juvenile prison complex have cost the state $20.6 million so far and those costs will continue to rise — possibly by large sums if some cases aren’t resolved in the state’s favor. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Former Walker official Ed Wall writes in the Cap Times: “In 2016, Attorney General Brad Schimel decided his friend should head the Division of Criminal Investigation, circumventing the law and transforming the long-established nonpartisan position into a political appointee subject to the AG’s influence. This should concern all Wisconsin citizens and legislators.”
Attorney General Brad Schimel should not have allowed federal authorities to take over an investigation into alleged inmate abuse at the state’s youth prison, Democratic challenger Josh Kaul said Thursday. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel