The state Department of Corrections is asking Gov. Scott Walker to spend millions in the next state budget to add staff at Wisconsin's troubled youth prison.
Walker's administration released state agencies' 2017-19 budget requests on Friday. Corrections' wants $1.3 million to hire nine nurses to administer medication at Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls, the state's joint youth prison in Irma. The agency also wants $2.4 million to create 8.25 additional counselor positions to help the prison come into compliance staff-to-juvenile rations determined by the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
The prison is the subject of a sweeping federal investigation into allegations of widespread abuse of inmates by staff. The probe has been going on for more than a year.