Rep. John Nygren says Walker's plan to close Lincoln Hills "well-thought-out"Submitted: 01/07/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

Rep. John Nygren says Walker's plan to close Lincoln Hills
NORTHWOODS - After serving nearly 50 years as a place for troubled children, the governor announced a plan to close the Lincoln Hills School in Irma.

That plan was announced on Thursday, but representatives are looking into how the plan could work.

Scott Walker's plan involves repurposing Lincoln Hills as a medium security adult facility and moving the juveniles to one of five smaller, regional facilities.

WJFW spoke with Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) about Walker's plan yesterday at an opioid abuse task force meeting.

He says he likes the idea of regional facilities for troubled juveniles. 

"Actually putting people closer to their home, I think support from families is a vital part of long-term success. So I actually think the idea is well-thought-out it's just a matter of implementation at this point in time," said Nygren.

Nygren is joint co-chair of the finance committee and says he hasn't received any estimates on how much the new juvenile system would cost.

Governor Walker said he doesn't expect any changes until after November's Elections.

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