JFC approves plan for county-run youth lockups, rejects plan for state-run facilities

The Joint Finance Committee today signed off on the Evers administration’s plan to fund the county-run facilities that represent one piece of a three-pronged approach to overhauling the state’s youth justice system.
But the panel rejected along party lines the guv’s request for $73.2 million to build two new state-run lockups that are the centerpiece to closing the troubled youth prisons in northern Wisconsin.
Lawmakers and former Gov. Scott Walker signed off on a plan in 2018 to close Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, but the process had been plagued by costs projections that have come in signif...

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