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Rep. Barnes Renews Call for Hearing on Alleged Abuses and Mismanagement at State Facility

“For far too long, the safety and security of youth, staff, and other individuals in facilities like Lincoln Hills have been jeopardized by the mismanagement of Gov. Walker...”

By - Jan 13th, 2016 03:45 pm

MADISON – Today, Rep. Mandela Barnes (D – Milwaukee) – ranking Democratic member on the Assembly Corrections Committee – reiterated his call with fellow committee members Rep. Sondy Pope (D – Cross Plains) and Rep. David Bowen (D – Milwaukee) for a formal hearing on the alleged abuses, potential criminal behavior, and systemic mismanagement at the state-operated Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls facility:

“For far too long, the safety and security of youth, staff, and other individuals in facilities like Lincoln Hills have been jeopardized by the mismanagement of Gov. Walker and policies of his GOP counterparts in the state legislature. It took state and federal investigations to expose yet another layer of systemic failures under Republican control.

“It has been nearly a month since my Democratic colleagues and I called for a hearing, and the collective silence from Wisconsin Republicans has been deafening. Even worse, top Republicans were made aware of reports of unsafe behaviors and a toxic environment at Lincoln Hills up to a year ago – yet, they failed to act on these systemic failures that put our youth and staff at the facility in harm’s way.

“It is time to stand up and demand answers and provide solutions to fix our broken corrections system and ensure the safety of youth and staff at Lincoln Hills and other facilities across our state.”

A copy of the letter requesting a hearing in December is attached to this press release.

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