Gov. Walker Signs Juvenile Corrections Bill Assembly Bill 953

 MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Friday to bring long-term solutions to a broken juvenile correction system in Wisconsin.   

 “Aligning our juvenile corrections with best practices from across the country will transform our broken system and address long-term needs of incarcerated juveniles,” Vukmir said. “I am pleased to stand with Governor Walker in addressing concerns that have gone unaddressed for too long.”

 Gov. Walker signed the bill into law Friday that restructures Wisconsin’s juvenile corrections system including the closure of Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools by July 1, 2020.  The law requires the updating of the Department of Corrections rules governing juvenile detention centers, creates a council to study juvenile corrections issues, a grant program to provide funding to counties for new residential care centers, and expands youth aids for costs associated with new juvenile detention programming.

 “I’m pleased with these changes to our juvenile corrections system. This is a great step toward better treatment and care options for children and youth in our corrections system.”