Wisconsin will end use of pepper spray and restrict solitary at teen prisons


Wisconsin reached a sweeping settlement Friday over its treatment of juvenile inmates that will end the use of pepper spray, greatly restrict the use of solitary confinement and curb strip searches. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Columbia County wonders where it will house juvenile offenders

Columbia County officials learned Wednesday they have little time and money to come up with a plan to house juveniles convicted of serious crimes after the state’s two juvenile corrections facilities in Irma are closed. > Portage Daily Register

Governor candidate Vinehout campaigns in Reedsburg

State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Vinehout campaigned in Reedsburg last week. Representing western Wisconsin’s 31st district, Vinehout aims to expand affordable healthcare, make tuition free at tech colleges and two year campuses, raise wages and provide alternatives to incarceration for those suffering from addiction and mental illness.  > Juneau County Star-Times

Lincoln Hills to close by 2021, under measure signed by Walker Friday


Two years after state agents raided Wisconsin’s deeply troubled prison for teens, Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers of both parties are shutting it down and replacing it. By 2021, Wisconsin would close Lincoln Hills and build or renovate smaller, regional facilities closer to offenders’ families, under legislation signed by Walker Friday. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

School safety package, juvenile justice overhaul headed to Walker’s desk


The state Legislature has given the final stamp of approval to a school safety package and a plan that would close the state’s youth prison and reorganize the Wisconsin’s juvenile justice system. Lawmakers also passed Gov. Walker’s proposed sales tax holiday and child tax credit. > Wisconsin Public Radio

State settles lawsuit from former youth prison inmate for $19M

A suicidal girl who called for guards’ help but was left hanging in her cell at the state’s youth prison long enough to suffer permanent, severe brain damage will receive $18.9 million as part of a settlement with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin Senate approves tax cut, juvenile justice overhaul


The Wisconsin Senate gave bipartisan approval to a $100 per-child tax rebate and unanimously passed a juvenile justice overhaul that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison and replace it with smaller facilities, breaking an impasse Tuesday that had put both bills in jeopardy. > AP News