Rep. Gannon on juvenile crime bill: Only way to control crime is to get ‘dirtballs off the street’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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