Wisconsin Assembly sends juvenile justice overhaul, child tax credit bills to Walker’s desk
March 22, 2018

Two key initiatives are on their way to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk after being volleyed back and forth between the state Senate and Assembly for a few weeks.

Lawmakers in the state Assembly voted unanimously on Thursday to approve changes made by the Senate to a bill overhauling the state’s juvenile corrections system. Passed for the first time in a unanimous Assembly vote last month, the legislation awaits the governor’s signature.

The plan, thought to be in jeopardy in the days leading up to the Senate’s last day in session, was saved in the final hours before senators came to the floor on Tuesday. It comes after years of allegations of inmate abuse and unsafe working conditions at Lincoln Hills, the state’s only juvenile corrections facility. The Irma facility is under a federal investigation and the subject of several lawsuits. Walker called for a plan to close the facility in January.

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