Youth Justice Milwaukee co-founders Jeffrey Roman and Sharlen Moore released the following statement on the report that Governor Scott Walker’s administration shutdown an internal affairs unit investigating the terrible state of Wisconsin’s youth prisons:
“When the Walker Administration learned about the abuses at Lincoln Hill and Copper Lake, their priority was not to close the prison and protect children, but rather to cover them up and protect themselves and the Department of Corrections. The stories coming out of Lincoln Hills only reaffirm what we already know: youth prisons don’t work. Leadership changes and repeated reform attempts haven’t worked. And just hiding the appalling abuses doesn’t make them go away. The only acceptable path forward is to close these outdated and punitive facilities immediately and reinvest funding to create closer to home and safer alternatives that have been proven to produce better results.”
Youth Justice Milwaukee is working to close Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake and is asking community members to sign a petition calling for Governor Walker to close the prisons. Sign it here.
Youth Justice Milwaukee is a broad-based campaign advocating for community-based, family-centered, restorative programs as an alternative to locking up children in Wisconsin’s youth prisons. Youth Justice Milwaukee represents a coalition of persons who were incarcerated as youth, families of youth who are or were incarcerated, service providers, and local and national youth justice advocates.