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Youth Justice Milwaukee: Milwaukee County Must Include Community, Expert Input in SRCCCY Proposal

"It is encouraging that Milwaukee County decision-makers are committed to bringing our young people home as quickly as possible."

By - Mar 30th, 2019 10:30 am

Milwaukee, WI – In response to Milwaukee County’s release of its proposal and renderings for the new Secure Residential Care Center for Children and Youth (SRCCCY), Youth Justice Milwaukee co-founder Sharlen Moore released the following statement:

“It is encouraging that Milwaukee County decision-makers are committed to bringing our young people home as quickly as possible. While the county’s proposal complies with the requirements of Act 185, building a large, new 40-bed facility means investing millions of dollars into a failed model.

“YJM urges Milwaukee County to reconsider what community members and national experts have recommended and what research has proven works: funding a strong, community-based continuum of care for youth without constructing new prisons.

“This is an opportunity for Wisconsin to create a more equitable and effective system— to stop locking up our black and brown youth at a rate of 15 times that of their white peers and implement reforms that have proven to be effective around the country.”

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.

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