Walker administration canceled request for Lincoln Hills youth prison probe

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CBS 7 Wausau is reporting that in the days following Gov. Scott Walker telling the public in December 2015 that he was learning about the gravity of the Lincoln Hills youth prison scandal, Walker’s staff told former prisons Secretary Ed Wall to cancel his request for an independent review and assessment of the prison.

Columbia County wonders where it will house juvenile offenders

Columbia County officials learned Wednesday they have little time and money to come up with a plan to house juveniles convicted of serious crimes after the state’s two juvenile corrections facilities in Irma are closed. > Portage Daily Register

Wauwatosa police release new video after Mayfair Mall arrest

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Wauwatosa police released a surveillance video Monday that police say shows more of the interaction between an officer and a black teen following a controversial arrest at Mayfair Mall Friday. With captured cellphone video showing the officer hitting the boy in the head twice, a “use of force” investigation is underway. > FOX 6 Milwaukee

Lincoln Hills to close by 2021, under measure signed by Walker Friday


Two years after state agents raided Wisconsin’s deeply troubled prison for teens, Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers of both parties are shutting it down and replacing it. By 2021, Wisconsin would close Lincoln Hills and build or renovate smaller, regional facilities closer to offenders’ families, under legislation signed by Walker Friday. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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