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Wisconsin Attorney General would support closing Lincoln Hills, if alternative foundSubmitted: 12/06/2017
Wisconsin Attorney General would support closing Lincoln Hills, if alternative found
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Wisconsin's Attorney General would support closing down Wisconsin's youth prisons in Lincoln County.

Before that could happen, Brad Schimel says the state would need to find another way to handle serious juvenile offenders now at Lincoln Hills.


Schimel thought Missouri's juvenile detention system has merit.

That state places offenders in smaller facilities closer to their homes.

Schimel says he's not sure that model would work in Wisconsin, since most juvenile offenders are from Milwaukee.

He says the real answer is to keep Milwaukee's children out of the system by addressing their needs early in life.

The FBI has been investigating complaints of abuse of prisoners at Lincoln Hills.

Some people who work there have also raised concerns about attacks on staff by inmates.


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