Construction has been approved for a youth detention center in the Town of Hortonia, between New London and Hortonville.
A second center is planned for Milwaukee, while the Lincoln Hills School for boys is set to close.
The Department of Corrections (DOC), along with the Department of Administration (DOA), will work together to construct the two Type 1 juvenile facilities.
According to the DOC Type 1 juvenile facilities are defined by the following criteria:
A Type 1 juvenile correctional facility is operated by the State of Wisconsin and uses physical security mechanisms such as fences and locked doors in addition to control and surveillance by staff members to restrict the liberty of a youth committed to the facility by the court.
In Wisconsin, only Lincoln Hills School for boys, Copper Lake School for girls (operated by the Department of Corrections), and the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (operated by the Department of Health Services) are Type 1 juvenile correctional facilities. [s. 938.02(10p)]
Governor Evers says,
“We are committed to getting kids out of Lincoln Hills and closer to home as soon as we safely and responsibly can.”
Both locations were recommended because of their proximities to families with youth in the care of Corrections.
According to DOC Secretary-designee Kevin Carr,
“Research shows that children in incarceration make significant strides toward positive change when they are closer to their communities and loved ones.”
Evers stated DOC and DOA leadership will be working with local leaders in both Hortonia and Milwaukee to schedule and facilitate community input gathering sessions.