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Wisconsin Model of Youth Corrections Heads To Governor’s Desk PDF Print E-mail
Written by BOWEN PRESS   
Friday, 23 March 2018 15:03

lincohn-hills-youth-prisonBowen legislation a centerpiece of transformational care for youth offenders reform.

MADISON – Today, the Assembly unanimously approved legislation that will close Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake and invest in a new treatment-focused model of care for youth offenders. This new model, developed by a bipartisan coalition of legislators, will include at least one new Type 1 facility for Serious Juvenile Offenders, based on legislation developed by Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee).

david-bowenThe other major outcome of this legislation will be small, county-run residential spaces focused on evidence-based best practices and trauma informed care. This major piece of the legislation originated in a bill introduced by Reps. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) and Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) in order to offer judges what they requested – more options.

“This legislation has been over a year in the making, as I met with youth justice reform advocates, system stakeholders and legislators, gathering input and building support,” said Rep. Bowen. “The bill gained steam when Rep. Kleefisch and Sen. Wanggaard agreed to take on lead roles in their respective houses, and when we struck a deal with Rep. Goyke and a broader group of legislators, it became clear that there was an appetite to improve outcomes, save money and restore young people to productive lives.”

Court Decision Calls For Special Election in NE WI Senate District PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 23 March 2018 10:26

kewaunee-harbor-familyJudge in Madison orders Governor to hold special elections to fill seats vacated in December. Sen. Dave Hansen and fellow Democrats had pushed for the elections.

Petitioners Oppose Foxconn’s Great Lakes Raid PDF Print E-mail
Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Friday, 23 March 2018 09:59

lake-michigan-shoreHundreds of conservationists speak out against plan to divert seven million gallons of water per day from the Great Lakes to the private company Foxconn.

Court Strikes Blow Against Walker And For Democracy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Thursday, 22 March 2018 23:54

judgementRepublicans lose battle to deny Wisconsinites representation, judge Gov. Scott Walker personally appointed says he violated his "plain and positive duty" to hold special elections in Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42.

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