This week’s U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics new report on sexual victimization of youth locked up in the juvenile justice system confirms what we already know about youth prisons: They aren’t safe.
An example is the Lincoln Hills facility in Irma. One of the largest youth prisons in the country with capacity for more than 550 youths, Lincoln Hills has been the subject of federal and state investigations in the last 18 months over alleged abuse, including sexual victimization, of youths. News reports of these investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and Wisconsin state agencies reference sexual abuse of youths, use of pepper spray, strangulation and suffocation of youths, intimidation of youths to discourage reporting, and tampering with state and county laws concerning youth institutions.
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