ACLU asks federal judge to halt ‘excessive’ use of solitary confinement

The ACLU today asked a federal judge to halt the state's "excessive" use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and physical restraints at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth prisons in northern Wisconsin.
The motion for a preliminary judgment seeks to limit the use of all three to "rare and temporary responses to prevent imminent and serious physical harm to persons."
A Department of Corrections spokesman declined comment, citing the ongoing litigation.
According to the filing, between 12 percent and 20 percent of those held at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake are in solitary confinement on a...

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