Walker open to helping pay for juvenile corrections center
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -
Gov. Scott Walker says he's open to having the state help pay for a new juvenile corrections center in Milwaukee County.
Currently, the state's two secure juvenile facilities share a campus north of Wausau. Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls have been under criminal investigation for allegations of prisoner abuse and child neglect.
Milwaukee County officials want to keep juvenile offenders closer to home, instead of sending them 200 miles away where it's difficult for families to visit.
The Journal Sentinel reports the Republican governor says the county would be responsible for the cost of operating a new facility. Counties receive state aid to help pay for the cost of juvenile corrections.
Any state funding for a new juvenile center would need support from Republicans who control the Legislature.