Madison — A coalition called Thursday for closing the state’s youth prisons next year and focusing on rehabilitating juvenile offenders locally.
The proposal by Youth Justice Milwaukee is aimed at having young offenders treated or incarcerated in Milwaukee County instead of Lincoln Hills School for Boys or Copper Lake School for Girls.
Those north woods facilities share a campus three and a half hours from Milwaukee and are under a criminal investigation for allegations of child neglect and inmate abuse.
“Lincoln Hills represents a failed model that just can’t be fixed,” said Jeff Roman of Youth Justice Milwaukee in a conference call with reporters.
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The Youth Justice Milwaukee report is available here.