Governor wants to move more quickly on youth prison changesSubmitted: 01/16/2018
MADISON - Governor Scott Walker wants to close Wisconsin's youth prisons in Lincoln County earlier than first planned.

Walker is urging the Legislature to adopt his plan to close the Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake juvenile facility at Irma this spring, rather than 18 months from now.

The $80 million reorganization would change Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake into a medium security adult prison.

Five smaller regional prisons would be set up for young offenders.

An expanded mental health facility to house female prisons would also be built in Madison.

Multiple lawsuits claim inmate abuse at the current facility, and workers there have complained about safety concerns.

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