Governor Walker Calls on Legislature to Pass Bipartisan Reform for Wisconsin’s Juvenile Corrections System in 2018
"We’re dedicated to improving long-term outcomes for both juveniles and our staff working at these facilities."
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today urged the Wisconsin Legislature to pass long-term juvenile justice reform this year. The bipartisan plan, developed through extensive discussions with state and local officials, the judicial system, and stakeholders, significantly reforms juvenile corrections and treatment systems.
“We’re dedicated to improving long-term outcomes for both juveniles and our staff working at these facilities,” said Governor Walker. “Both Republicans and Democrats collaborated on this plan and agreed it offers the best way forward. Together we can move this through the legislature to improve juvenile corrections and treatment through transitioning to smaller, more regional corrections facilities and focusing on mental health and trauma-informed care.”
Governor Walker also announced the Department of Administration will issue a Request for Services by January 22, 2018 to select an architecture-engineering firm to develop the concept design for five regional juvenile correctional facilities located across the state. Selection will occur in February 2018.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) has made numerous reforms at Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake Schools (LHS/CLS), including:
- The Division of Juvenile Corrections (DJC) has hired a Juvenile Mental Health Director position to provide dedicated management-level coordination and oversight of mental health services for juveniles.
- The DOC has reassigned a Nurse Coordinator position to solely focus on Juvenile Corrections to provide dedicated coordination and oversight of health care services for juveniles.
- DOC has increased the on-site availability of advanced medical care from 8 hours per week to 40 hours per week.
- All medication at LHS/CLS is distributed by licensed medical staff.
- Expanded on-site and on-call Psychological Services Unit coverage at LHS/CLS.
- DOC has established a seven-week Youth Counselor Pre-Service Academy which is required of all newly-hired security staff. The Academy includes instruction in use-of-force training, professional communication, verbal de-escalation tactics, and documenting use-of-force incidents, as well as several modules tailored specifically to working with juveniles.
- All security staff are required to wear body cameras and record interactions with youth.
- Additional fixed cameras have been added to eliminate blind spots throughout the institution.
- Notification protocols were standardized, requiring notices to parents of youth injuries and notices to committing counties of youth injuries and serious incidents.
- All youth injuries, regardless of cause, are reviewed on a regular basis by DOC, DJC, and LHS/CLS leadership.
- $556,000 and 3.25 positions in the 2017 – 2019 biennial budget to expand mental health services for female youth at CLS.
- $1.4 million and 9.0 positions in the 2017 – 2019 biennial budget to provide permanent positions for nursing staff administering medication at LHS/CLS.
- Made changes to school and treatment schedules to maximize the amount of time youth spend out of their room engaged in productive activity.
More about the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake
- Wall Blasts Walker, Schimel on Youth Prison - Laurel White - Aug 13th, 2018
- Youth Justice Milwaukee: Department of Corrections Should Meet with Stakeholders in Milwaukee on Lincoln Hills - Youth Justice Milwaukee - Aug 8th, 2018
- Juvenile Corrections Reform Signed Into Law - State Rep. Evan Goyke - Apr 2nd, 2018
- Governor Walker Signs Bipartisan Juvenile Justice Reform Bill into Law - Gov. Scott Walker - Mar 30th, 2018
- Speaker Vos Statement: Signing of the ‘Wisconsin Model’ for Juvenile Corrections Reform - Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos - Mar 30th, 2018
- Shilling statement on Lincoln Hills - State Sen. Jennifer Shilling - Mar 30th, 2018
- Rep. Bowen statement on passage of Wisconsin Model of youth justice - State Rep. David Bowen - Feb 21st, 2018
- Kleefisch-Bowen bill lays foundation for youth corrections overhaul - State Rep. David Bowen - Feb 13th, 2018
- Taylor and Bipartisan Legislators Introduce Juvenile Corrections Bill - State Sen. Lena Taylor - Feb 13th, 2018
- Walker Renews Call to Gut Services - State Sen. Lena Taylor - Jan 18th, 2018
- Supervisor Sequanna Taylor Offers to Help Governor Walker with Plan to Close Lincoln Hill and Copper Lake - Sup. Sequanna Taylor - Jan 18th, 2018
- Statement on Delayed Action at Lincoln Hills - State Sen. Jennifer Shilling - Jan 16th, 2018
- Governor Walker Calls on Legislature to Pass Bipartisan Reform for Wisconsin’s Juvenile Corrections System in 2018 - Gov. Scott Walker - Jan 16th, 2018
- Response to Walker’s revisions last night on Lincoln Hills - Democratic Party of Wisconsin - Jan 16th, 2018
- Another Walker Non-Answer on Lincoln Hills Raises a Significant Question - Democratic Party of Wisconsin - Jan 12th, 2018
- When Will Lincoln Hills Close? - Democratic Party of Wisconsin - Jan 9th, 2018
- Shuttering of Lincoln Hills a first step in bringing true rehabilitation for youth offenders - Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton - Jan 5th, 2018
- Career Politician Gov. Scott Walker Governs For Re-Election With Campaign Gimmick - Andy Gronik - Jan 4th, 2018
- Changes Needed at Lincoln Hills Now, Not After the Next Election - State Sen. Chris Larson - Jan 4th, 2018
- Walker agrees to do his job after years of willful neglect and political cover up at Lincoln Hills — now when it threatens his own re-election - Democratic Party of Wisconsin - Jan 4th, 2018
- Walker a Day Late and Dollar Short on Juvenile Corrections - State Sen. Lena Taylor - Jan 4th, 2018
- Governor Walker Announces Plan to Provide a Long-Term Solution for Wisconsin’s Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Systems - Gov. Scott Walker - Jan 4th, 2018
- Dana Wachs calls on Walker administration to close Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake - State Rep. Dana Wachs - Nov 16th, 2017
- Op Ed: Lincoln Hills Even Worse Than Reported - Jake Edwards - Nov 16th, 2017
- Close Lincoln Hills: Advocates and Officials Reiterate Call for Closing Abusive Youth Prisons - Youth Justice Milwaukee - Nov 16th, 2017
- 2018 Budget Includes $90,000 for Youth Training Program - Sup. Sequanna Taylor - Nov 6th, 2017
- Rep. Bowen statement on DOC Internal Affairs Unit - State Rep. David Bowen - Oct 10th, 2017
- Sen. LaTonya Johnson’s Juvenile Justice Reform Signed Into Law - State Sen. LaTonya Johnson - Aug 2nd, 2017
- Court Watch: Judge Rules on Lincoln Hills - Gretchen Schuldt - Jul 13th, 2017
- Federal Court finds current conditions of confinement for youth at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools unconstitutional - American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin - Jun 23rd, 2017
- Court Watch: Pictures of Youths in Prison - Gretchen Schuldt - Jun 20th, 2017
- Abele Blasts State on Juvenile Prisons - Gretchen Schuldt - Apr 27th, 2017
- Court Watch: ACLU Seeks Lincoln Hills Injunction - Gretchen Schuldt - Apr 20th, 2017
- More Horrors at Juvenile Prisons? - Gretchen Schuldt - Apr 19th, 2017
- Court Watch: Chemical Spraying Used At Lincoln Hills - Gretchen Schuldt - Jan 27th, 2017
- Court Watch: Shocking Charges in Lincoln Hills Suit - Gretchen Schuldt - Jan 25th, 2017
- Corrections Officials Face Community on Lincoln Hills - Jabril Faraj - Jun 22nd, 2016
- Precious Lives: A Debate Over Lincoln Hills Problems - Dee J. Hall - May 24th, 2016
- Op-Ed: End Solitary Confinement, Especially of Youth - Laurence J. Dupuis - Feb 18th, 2016
- Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Allowed Lincoln Hills Abuses - Bruce Murphy - Feb 16th, 2016
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Andrew Jones is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Husch Blackwell LLP.