State Rep: Shut down Lincoln Hills, restructure juvenile system


State Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) says he will introduce legislation to shut down Lincoln Hills School, the juvenile correctional facility beleaguered by allegations of abuse, saying it’s time to completely restructure the state’s juvenile corrections model. > Madison365

Schimel: Don’t close troubled youth prison without alternative


Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel says he would support closing the state’s troubled youth prison if corrections officials could find another way to handle serious juvenile offenders, but no good alternatives have emerged yet. > Associated Press / U.S. News

Milwaukee leaders want state to shutter Lincoln Hills


Milwaukee community leaders are calling on Gov. Scott Walker to close the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile facilities near Wausau. The state-run prisons have been plagued by accusations of abuse – from both inmates and guards. > WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio

Calls to close youth prison mount as female staff report unaddressed sexual harassment


While lawmakers are calling for the youth prison to be closed, a Lincoln Hills teacher is speaking out about working conditions for women at the prison, saying female guards and teachers are routinely subjected to crude sexual language and behavior by juvenile inmates, and that management is allowing the behavior to continue. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Black legislators decry appointments to prison task force


Four black Democratic legislators wrote a letter to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) in response to appointing only white men to a task force that will study the efficacy of Wisconsin prisons. Vos also appointed no Democrats. > The Daily Cardinal

Four African-American lawmakers request representation on Wisconsin prison task force


Four African-American lawmakers are requesting “proper representation” on a new state task force that will study the needs of Wisconsin’s prison system. The task force is to include appointees from Gov. Walker, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Assembly Speaker, and so far five of the six appointees are white men. > Cap Times