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

Assembly unanimously passes bill overhauling juvenile corrections system


Juvenile offenders in Wisconsin would be removed from the state’s embattled youth prison by 2021 under a bill approved unanimously on Wednesday by the state Assembly. The legislation would send most youth offenders to facilities overseen by counties throughout the state. > Cap Times

Lawmakers revise juvenile corrections overhaul to address county, state concerns


An Assembly committee has introduced a bill to close the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth prison and replace it with new facilities run by counties and the Department of Corrections. But those stakeholders and others expressed concerns that the bill may not provide enough money, time or flexibility to get it done. > Wisconsin State Journal

Walker optimistic on juvenile justice, not ‘alcohol czar’


Gov. Scott Walker said he’s confident his legislative priorities of a child tax rebate, a juvenile justice system overhaul and new work requirements for welfare recipients will pass through the legislature this session, but he showed little enthusiasm to create a new “alcohol czar” position. > AP News / La Crosse Tribune

Assembly to unveil juvenile corrections overhaul plan


Assembly lawmakers plan to introduce an overhaul this week of the state’s juvenile corrections system that would close the state’s troubled youth prison in Irma by 2020 and put county governments in charge of new facilities around the state. > Wisconsin State Journal

What to know about juvenile corrections plan ahead of State of the State

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Wednesday, Governor Scott Walker gives his State of the State Address. There are several topics he will be speaking about, including laying out more detailed plans for the changes coming to Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake Schools and the juvenile corrections system. > CBS 7 Wausau

Now Walker wants to speed up timeline on closing Lincoln Hills


Gov. Walker called on lawmakers Tuesday to quickly approve major changes to Wisconsin’s juvenile justice system, but the plan faces an uncertain future in the Legislature. Walker announced the plan just two weeks ago, suggesting it take place in next year’s budget. But this week he wants lawmakers to take it up now. > Wisconsin Public Radio