Youth Justice Milwaukee co-founders Jeffrey Roman and Sharlen Moore released the following statement on the news that Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Superintendent Wendy Peterson will be ending her tenure and moving down to the education director:
“We hope that the announcement about Wendy Peterson stepping down as superintendent is just the beginning of the end for Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake. The problems at both youth prisons are well documented and we’re long overdue for the closure of both facilities. Changes to the way the prisons operate is not enough to truly end the harm caused by locking up young people. While the details of Peterson’s move from the top remain unclear, what is clear is that Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake are hurting our most vulnerable youth and should not be operating.”
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.