For the second time, GOP Gov. Scott Walker is taking a major idea from Democrats into his November re-election campaign, this time proposing an $80 million bid to overhaul Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison system.
First, Walker proposed and got funding for schools at essentially the same level as that proposed by Tony Evers, the state schools superintendent and Democratic challenger to Walker.
Now, after two years of tough news from Lincoln Hills School for Boys and potential criminal charges for former guards, Walker is splitting up the youth prison. Walker is proposing a version of a Milwaukee Democrat’s plan to convert the Northwoods facility into an adult medium-security prison, shifting teenage inmates to a series of smaller, regional locations.