Milwaukee rep wants to close youth prison, stabilize prison population

Milwaukee rep wants to close youth prison, stabilize prison population

A state lawmaker from Milwaukee wants to stabilize Wisconsin’s prison population and close the youth prison under legislation proposed Wednesday.

Democratic state Rep. Evan Goyke, from Milwaukee, briefed state lawmakers on the problems with Wisconsin’s correctional system Wednesday, including crowded adult facilities.

He suggested turning Lincoln Hills into an adult treatment facility and send juveniles to regional and risk-based facilities.

“The benefits of turning Lincoln Hills into an adult prison solves overflowing into county jails,” Goyke said.

Goyke’s presentation also included a look at reforms adopted in conservative states across the country.

In a statement to News 3 Wednesday, the Department of Corrections said officials believe that they have a number of options remaining to safely and securely house inmates in DOC custody.

“At this time, we have determined that additional measures beyond housing inmates on a contract basis at county or local correctional facilities in Wisconsin are not necessary,” officials said in the statement.

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