New Youth Prison One Step Closer To Reality

Wisconsin’s troubled Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake youth prison is one step closer to being replaced.

Governor Tony Evers on Friday signed bipartisan legislation which requires the state Department of Administration to approve a plan to construct a new youth corrections facility in Milwaukee County — if the location has approval from local officials.

Finding an approved site and constructing the facility could still take several years, with a projected cost of at least 42 million dollars. The existing prison in Lincoln County would then be used to house adult offenders.