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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Keegan Govin


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For two days at the end of September, multiple teen inmates were engaged in various violent incidents, contradicting recent reports of improved environment by a court-ordered monitor at Lincoln Hills School for Boys. 

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Legislators urged the Joint Committee on Finance to postpone construction of a new juvenile detention center in New London, which would replace the Lincoln Hills School for Boys because of environmental concerns and lack of transparency with residents. 

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Though the state approved a plan to close the controversial Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile prisons earlier this year, lawsuits over conditions at the facilities are above $20 million and rising.

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After months of outrage over abuse allegations, lawmakers may finally close the controversial Lincoln Hills juvenile detention center, should a new bill pass.

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Gov. Scott Walker appointed Jon Litscher last month following the resignation of former secretary Ed Wall.

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The Department of Corrections has come under fire after a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation allegedly showed instances of abuse and assault at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile facilities.

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Wisconsin state statutes obligate UW-Madison to purchase prison-produced goods from Badger State Industries, and the university spent nearly $1.6 million on these in the 2015 fiscal year.

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