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Youth Justice Milwaukee: Unacceptable Conditions Show We Can’t Wait for 2021 to Close Lincoln Hills

"The conditions at Lincoln Hills remain unacceptable – and life-threatening -- to the young people who are locked up inside despite orders from a federal judge to improve."

By - Jan 14th, 2019 06:07 pm

Milwaukee, WI – In response to the latest report on the conditions at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth prisons, Youth Justice Milwaukee co-founders Sharlen Moore and Jeff Roman released the following statement:

“The conditions at Lincoln Hills remain unacceptable – and life-threatening — to the young people who are locked up inside despite orders from a federal judge to improve. The reality is no matter what a judge orders, youth prisons will never be safe for children. It is essential for the state to close the doors of this dangerous, abusive youth prison, and it’s a perfect example of why Wisconsin cannot turn around and open more harmful facilities to replace it. While Governor Evers’ recent visit shows his concern for the problems there, it’s clear we cannot wait until 2021 to close the youth prison – the youth who continue to be traumatized at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake cannot afford for us to wait.”

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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