Wisconsin officials want to close the state’s prison for troubled youth. Attorney General Brad Schimel will only support the closure if a reliable alternative exists first.
How Wisconsin Makes It Easy for Kids to Fall Into the School-to-Prison Pipeline
The school-to-pipeline is a term used in the description of the non-academic interaction between schools, students and the juvenile justice system. This was as a consequence of practices implemented by educational institutions.
Wisconsin Department of Corrections is among the Institutions which operate under school-to-prison pipeline process. In fact, they make it easy for children to transition from students to prisoners. The Wisconsin DOC operates two schools for troubled youth:
- Lincoln Hill School
- Lake School in Irma
About Lincoln Hill School for Troubled Youth
Lincoln Hill School is for both male and female youth. The school opened in the summer of 1970 and placed the youth in the year 1972 to 1994.
On the Lincoln Hill school site, Copper Lake School for Girls opened in 2011. It also serves as a protected detention center for male youth in the nearby counties.
In June 2011, another school-to-prison pipeline was closed by the name Southern Oaks Girls School. Their female students in the DOC custody were then transferred to Copper Lake School which is co-located with Lincoln Hill School.
Copper Lake School also serves as a secure detention center for female youth in the nearby counties. Its facilities are separated from the Lincoln Hill School.
Video: Wisconsin’s Attorney General Wants Alternatives for Troubled Youth Prison
What Are Wisconsin’s Choices for Troubled Youth?
Brad Schimel who is the Attorney General in Wisconsin is in support of the closure of the state’s troubled youth prison if and only if juvenile corrections officials could find other means of handling juvenile offenders.
Mr. Brad Schimel spoke out his mind by stating that children in Milwaukee should be kept out of the school-to-prison pipeline by addressing their early life issues. Allegations of abuse at the prison outside Irma in 2015 caused the FBI to take over the probe.
Punishments, such as solitary confinement and pepper spray, were ordered to be reduced in the youth corrections systems by a federal judge.