Plan calls for spending $80M on five new juvenile prisons

DOC Secretary Jon Litscher, who took over the department in 2016 after almost all DOC officials who oversaw juvenile corrections quit or were fired, said in a statement the plan will "build on the many reforms" put in place since he took over.

-Would "align" the state's juvenile corrections and treatment systems "with nationally recognized best practices".

The Governor wants to move more than 160 young people out of Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, and into five regional facilities next year. It's been campaigning to close the juvenile facilities for the past two years.

Continue Wisconsin's focus on enhancing mental health and treatment outcomes in close collaboration with families, courts, and Wisconsin counties.

As part of the overall plan, Walker announced the Department of Health Services will expand treatment for male juveniles located at the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center and create a new facility at that center for female juveniles.

Litscher said the Division of Juvenile Corrections will better be able to access the community resources, like mentor-ship programs, needed for juvenile rehabilitation once they are in the new facilities and areas of the state, and their transition back into society, he emphasized, will be easier.

At least one correctional facility will be located north of a line between Manitowoc and La Crosse.

"The closing of Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake today is fantastic news", said Jessica Feierman, associate director of Juvenile Law Center.

"Something had to be done", Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer said Thursday.

Require DOC to make employment opportunities available for LHS/CLS staff at the new adult facility in Lincoln County or one of the new juvenile facilities.

Gov. Walker said the only ones criticizing his plan are those running against him for governor, saying other democrats agree with his plan. Funding will also be provided to convert LHS/CLS to a medium security adult correctional facility.

According to preliminary estimates from the Department of Corrections, construction costs for the new facilities would total about $80 million.

Walker noted the plan was developed in consultation with leaders of his administration, state lawmakers, judges and local officials. Any programming adjustments will be administratively implemented by DOC in consultation with other state agencies and relevant stakeholders.

"We would love for that to be possible but we don't know that yet", Delagrave said.

"I called for Gov". Walker to shut down Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake. Ignoring the ongoing abuse of Wisconsin youth and the imminent danger of facility workers is criminal negligence at best.

"Any of the sightings we're going to work with the counties, that's why we work with the Wisconsin Counties Association to make sure they were part of this proposal as well because they'll be the ones that will help us find the appropriate sites since they are the ones that sentence people into the system", says Walker. "That's what we need, not a career politician who operates out of fear".

"How many kids have been abused during the five years Walker failed to act?" How many staff have been harassed and beaten? The Lincoln Hills campus is more than 200 miles away from Milwaukee, where a significant number of inmates live.

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