Former juvenile justice administrator: Lincoln Hills is wrong kind of place for young offenders


One of the state’s foremost experts on juvenile justice thinks it’s time to move away from large institutions like Lincoln Hills to house juvenile offenders, saying that large warehouses are no longer the model Wisconsin should use for youth offenders. > Madison365

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

Walker’s refusal to visit prison fuels campaign criticism


Gov. Walker has never visited Lincoln Hills or Copper Lake, the state’s under-investigation juvenile prisons located 30 miles north of Wausau. The move allows him to distance himself from troubles at the prison, while defending his decision not to go by saying he has faith in Department of Corrections leaders to improve conditions. > Associated Press

New federal prosecutor for western Wisconsin inherits Lincoln Hills investigation


In confirming a U.S. attorney for western Wisconsin, the U.S. Senate has put in place a new prosecutor to oversee the nearly three-year-old investigation of the state’s troubled juvenile prison. Waushara County DA Scott Blader inherits a complicated investigation that was started by Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel in 2015 and turned over to the FBI in 2016. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel