A state study panel is recommending an Outagamie County site as one of two top choices for a new juvenile prison to replace the troubled Lincoln Hills facility. The Juvenile Corrections Study Committee ranked two sets of sites: some in southeastern Wisconsin, and then those across the rest of the state. > FOX 11 Green Bay
Gov.-elect Tony Evers has some big ideas about how to change Wisconsin’s overcrowded prison system, and aims to draw a stark contrast with Gov. Scott Walker, beginning with a pledge to visit the Lincoln Hills youth prison during his first week in office. The question is whether Republican legislators will let him make reforms. > AP News
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