Editorial: Focus on kids in Lincoln Hills closing

Editorial: Focus on kids in Lincoln Hills closing

First of all we want to be clear: Wisconsin should be embarrassed for dragging its heels on juvenile corrections reform. For too long Governor Walker did nothing.

However, this week Walker acted, and we give him credit for that. He finally put forth a plan to close the troubled Lincoln Hills youth prison and open half a dozen smaller, community-based facilities around the state as many experts advised. The immediate, knee-jerk criticism from Democrats is just tiresome and of no help. Save it for the campaign trail.

Contrast that with bi-partisan bills proposed by state legislators like Representatives Joel Kleefisch, David Bowen and Even Goyke that can speed up the process and can be acted on right now.

We finally have a meaningful step toward reform of a bad corrections system.

Instead of playing politics we’d like to see all elected lawmakers direct their efforts to making Walker’s flawed proposal better and kids in state care safer and more likely to be rehabilitated sooner.

Editorial: Focus on kids in Lincoln Hills closing

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