Public Budget Hearing tomorrow: Tell County Leaders to Invest in Community Alternatives to Youth Incarceration

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

We have shared information with you already about Tuesday’s 9 AM Budget Hearing held by the Milwaukee County Finance and Audit Committee. As already noted in earlier emails, this is a great opportunity to share with supervisors support for the GO Pass and Transit funding.

We are pleased to share this alert from Youth Justice Milwaukee, asking the community to support another important budget priority: End placement of Milwaukee youth at Lincoln Hills/ Copper Lake and support development of a continuum of community based alternatives.

Tell Milwaukee County Leaders to Invest in Community-based Treatment Programs instead of Youth Prisons

Please join us at the budget hearing to call on Milwaukee County leaders to invest in effective community programs instead of youth prisons.

Public Budget Hearing
October 18, 2016 at 9am
Milwaukee Public Schools Administration building 5225 W. Vliet Street

Please urge Milwaukee County officials to:

1. End placement of Milwaukee youth at Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake: The Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Budget projects that 104 Milwaukee youth will be sent to Lincoln Hills/ Copper Lake in the 2017 budget year. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is requesting millions to new fund more staff positions at Lincoln Hills/ Copper Lake. Milwaukee County should oppose any additional funding to support a failed model of juvenile justice justice and should instead seek to create more local community-based sentencing options in Milwaukee County.

2. Create a continuum of community-based options that will reduce risk and protect public safety: We support Milwaukee County’s proposal to invest $650,000 in the Youth Advocate Program, an effective community-based alternative to incarceration for adjudicated youth. We urge the county to allocate additional funding for community based organizations and treatment programs focused on rehabilitating youth in their communities instead of incarcerating them. In addition, Milwaukee should support community-based programs that meaningful engage the family members of adjudicated youth in services and treatment.

3. Include community stakeholders in a data-driven, collaborative planning process to make the juvenile system more accountable and effective. County leaders should partner with members of impacted communities to create a continuum of services and supports that is responsive to the needs of young people, their families and communities.

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