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Feb 22, 2022

Funding to build Milwaukee County youth prison unlikely to pass

A bill that would borrow $42 million to pay for a new juvenile youth prison to be located in Milwaukee County appears unlikely to pass the Legislature this session.

Jul 1, 2019

Monitor finds troubles persist at Wisconsin youth prison (UPDATE)

Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill that gives the state Department of Corrections an additional six months to close Wisconsin's youth prison.

Sep 18, 2018

Michigan community sues to keep Upper Peninsula prison open

A township in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is suing to stop the closing of a local prison.

Aug 14, 2018

Michigan plans to close prison in western Upper Peninsula

The Michigan Department of Corrections plans to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility in the western Upper Peninsula.

Mar 21, 2018

Groups praise demise of $350 million for prison

The Legislature's failure to pass a bill that approved borrowing $350 million to pay for a new prison is winning praise from groups that opposed the spending.

Mar 14, 2018

Senate breaks with Assembly on juvenile-justice plan

Wisconsin Senate Republicans broke with the state Assembly over a plan to overhaul the state's juvenile-justice system, pursuing a scaled-back proposal on Wednesday that would still close the Lincoln Hills prison by 2021 but would pull back on a proposed $80 million reorganization.

Feb 23, 2018

Walker tax cut, Lincoln Hills closure plan in jeopardy

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald threw cold water on a couple of Gov. Scott Walker's top priorities Friday, saying he was cut out of negotiations between the governor and Assembly on a tax-reduction deal and juvenile-justice overhaul.

Feb 21, 2018

Assembly to back borrowing $350M for new prison (UPDATE)

The Wisconsin Assembly planned to finish its work for the year on Thursday by approving $350 million to build a new prison and provide all parents a $100 per-child tax rebate, although it's uncertain whether either proposal will pass the Senate.

Apr 20, 2011

Employee complaints prompt prison project questions

By James Briggs A Republican lawmaker Wednesday threatened to delay future Department of Corrections construction projects unless the state agency can prove it is acting on feedback from rank-and-file staff […]

May 4, 2010

Bill pitches prison for willful workplace violations

By Paul Snyder Company executives, project managers and safety directors could face up to 20 years in prison for work site accidents if a federal bill becomes law. The Protecting […]

May 3, 2010

Early release prompts prison construction debate (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder A proposal to repeal Wisconsin’s early release for inmates faces stiff opposition from the state’s top corrections official, who argues scrapping the program could force more prison […]

Dec 28, 2009

Prison planners caught between projections, reality

By Paul Snyder The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is trying to set a construction strategy based on what likely will be conflicting inmate population projections. The first estimate predicts more […]


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