Youth Justice Milwaukee co-founder Sharlen Moore released the following statement:
“We know harm is being done to children at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake. The stories that came out of the recent investigation into the youth prison were horrific and heartbreaking. As we get closer to closing Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, we cannot make the same mistakes of locking our young people away. The youth prison model is unfixable and we owe it to our youth to invest in a strong, trauma-informed continuum of care and say no to construction of new, smaller youth prisons.”
The latest report from a court-ordered monitor at the prison found that juveniles were still being strip searched and guards continued to use pepper spray.
There is a standing court order to greatly reduce the use of such tactics.
Wednesday, Gov. Tony Evers said he would defer to Kaul on whether to launch another investigation.
Urge Gov. Evers and AG Kaul to protect the children.