By the ACLU
We did it! We’re stopping solitary confinement for kids in Wisconsin. Courageous young people who were being held at the youth prison in Wisconsin, represented by the ACLU of Wisconsin, Juvenile Law Center, and the law firm Quarles & Brady, sued last year to stop harmful, punitive tactics like solitary confinement and pepper spray. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has agreed to settle the case.
You might have already heard that the state legislature has made plans to close Wisconsin’s infamous Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth prisons, but our breakthrough still matters. It will take years to close these facilities, and we need to protect these children now — and work to make sure those harmful practices don’t come back in the future.
Until we brought our case, Wisconsin was one of the worst states in terms of how it treated youth in its prisons — with just about the most extensive use of solitary confinement. In the settlement, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections has agreed to:
Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake should give young people who have made mistakes a chance to learn, overcome, and become productive members of society. This settlement agreement takes a step in the right direction.
Learn more about this settlement agreement on our website
Thank you for supporting the ACLU of Wisconsin. We do this work to end excessive and extreme punishments, and to make us safer by taking a smarter approach to justice.
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