Walker to close troubled Lincoln Hills prison, open regional teenage prisons

MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he will close troubled Lincoln Hills juvenile prison and open five regional teenage prisons.

The facility will be a medium security adult prison.

“By moving from one facility to several facilities across the state, and placing a focus on mental health and trauma-informed care, we believe this plan will improve long-term outcomes for both juveniles and our staff working at these facilities,” Governor Walker said in a statement.

“Republicans and Democrats alike agree this is the way forward to reform juvenile corrections, and I thank state and local elected officials and interested organizations for partnering with us to develop this plan.”

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