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

Despite potential roadblocks, Darling confident school safety, Lincoln Hills bills will pass

The state Senate has a lot on its to-do list before the session ends, including Gov. Walker’s school safety package, a solution for Lincoln Hills and a $100 child tax credit. Though there’s disagreement between the Senate and Assembly, Sen. Alberta Darling professed no doubts it will all get done. > Cap Times

Plan to close Lincoln Hills youth prison needs ‘a miracle’ to survive


A plan to close the state’s troubled youth prison backed by Gov. Scott Walker and a bipartisan Assembly teetered on collapse Wednesday as the Senate moved forward with its own version in the waning days of the legislative session. > Wisconsin State Journal

Groups fight plan to build new prison


Groups that want to reduce the number of people behind bars are fighting a plan that would build a new prison in Wisconsin. Assembly Republicans passed a plan last month that would increase state borrowing by $350 million to build a new prison, although with no specifics on when and where. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker urges Senate to take up juvenile corrections bill despite leader’s concerns


Gov. Scott Walker said Monday the state Senate should take up a bill next week to overhaul the state’s juvenile corrections system in spite of serious doubts cast by the Senate leader about the bill’s future. Walker has made the bill a priority of his re-election campaign. > Wisconsin State Journal

Protest against proposed $350 million prison planned for Tuesday at Capitol


The explosion of the United States’ prison population – and the cost that has had on the American taxpayer – is well-documented. However, during a time when many states are reforming their broken criminal justice systems and closing down unneeded or unsafe prisons, the Wisconsin Legislature recently voted to build a new prison. > Madison365

Outlook brightens for Lincoln Hills shutdown as sheriffs, senators praise plan

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Two Wisconsin sheriffs’ groups Tuesday endorsed a bill shutting down Wisconsin’s only youth prison, as prospects for the plan suddenly appear brighter. It’s a far cry from last week, when Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the plan was being rushed through and questioned whether it would pass in his chamber. > FOX 6 Milwaukee