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

Parole commission survives committee’s ax, but gets a trim


Wisconsin’s Parole Commission would remain intact with reduced staffing levels under a change to Gov. Walker’s proposed budget approved by the Republican-led Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday. Walker’s budget would have eliminated the commission and moved its functions to the oversight of the state Department of Corrections. > The Cap Times

Wisconsin shuts down unit that found Lincoln Hills abuses


The Walker administration is getting rid of the internal affairs unit that exposed abuses at the state’s juvenile prison complex and paved the way for a years-long criminal investigation of the facility. The change means the state’s prison system will no longer have a dedicated office for investigating employee misconduct. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Watch or listen: ‘Week in Review’ from WisEye

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Every Friday, WisconsinEye produces ‘Week in Review’, available in both video and audio. The latest episode covers:  Cell Wars: Replace or Repair Two Oldest Prisons?   Ending State Forestry Property Tax Splits GOP   New Sex-Offender Placement Rule Added to Budget   Audit Finds WEDC Progress & Problems  • Sheriff Clarke Saddles Up for Homeland Security Job

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

Clarke loses key ruling on shackling pregnant inmate while she gave birth


A federal judge has refused to dismiss a former inmate’s allegation that Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the county implemented an unconstitutional policy requiring that pregnant inmates be shackled while giving birth. > Urban Milwaukee

Stiffer penalties for serious youth offenders debated at public hearing


Wisconsin youth who commit serious crimes would receive stricter penalties under two bills considered by lawmakers during a heated public hearing Tuesday. Prompted in part by recent carjackings in the Milwaukee area, the bills would expand the list of crimes punishable by incarceration and eliminate the three-year cap on imprisoning juveniles. > The Cap Times