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LRB-4783/1
EAW:amn
2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
Close Lincoln Hills and establish regional risk and need-based juvenile
facilities
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
December 27, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Goyke, Krug, R. Brooks,
Mursau, Bowen, Brostoff, Berceau, Anderson, Riemer, Considine, Kolste,
Ohnstad, Kessler, Spreitzer, C. Taylor, Pope, Subeck, Sargent, Zamarripa
and Billings, cosponsored by Senators Larson, Johnson, L. Taylor and
Wirch. Referred to Committee on Corrections.
AB791,1,4 1An Act to repeal 301.20; to amend 16.99 (3b) and 301.16 (1x); and to create
2301.01 (4m), 301.16 (1f), 301.16 (1w), 301.18 (1) (fm) and 302.01 (13) of the
3statutes; relating to: establishing regional Type 1 juvenile correctional
4facilities and converting Lincoln Hills to an adult correctional facility.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to close the Type 1 juvenile
correctional facilities currently known as the Lincoln Hills School for boys and
Copper Lake School for girls and report to the Joint Committee on Finance on the
feasibility of converting these facilities to a correctional treatment facility for adults
in the earned release program. If JCF finds that the conversion is feasible, DOC is
required to submit plans for the conversion to the Building Commission for approval.
The bill also requires DOC to establish and operate between six and ten regional
Type 1 juvenile correctional facilities in the state.

For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB791,1 1Section 1. 16.99 (3b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB791,2,42 16.99 (3b) “Juvenile correctional facility" means the Copper Lake School and
3the Lincoln Hills School
a Type 1 juvenile correctional facility, as defined in s. 938.02
4(19), but does not include the Mendota juvenile treatment center under s. 46.057
.
AB791,2 5Section 2. 301.01 (4m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB791,2,76 301.01 (4m) “Type 1 juvenile correctional facility” has the meaning given in s.
7938.02 (19).
AB791,3 8Section 3. 301.16 (1f) of the statutes is created to read:
AB791,2,159 301.16 (1f) In addition to the institutions under sub. (1), and subject to 2017
10Wisconsin Act .... (this act), sections 9 (1) (b ) and (2), the department may establish
11and operate a correctional treatment facility for the treatment of substance abuse for
12inmates in the program established under s. 302.05 in the town of Irma, Lincoln
13County, at the location that was the Lincoln Hills School for boys and Copper Lake
14School for girls. This subsection constitutes enumeration in the authorized state
15building program for purposes of s. 20.924.
AB791,4 16Section 4. 301.16 (1w) of the statutes is created to read:
AB791,3,217 301.16 (1w) (a) The department shall establish and operate no fewer than 6
18and no more than 10 regional Type 1 juvenile correctional facilities. In establishing
19the facilities under this subsection, the department shall consider the distribution
20and density of the population historically served by Type 1 juvenile correctional

1facilities in the state. Each Type 1 juvenile correctional facility established under
2this subsection shall do all of the following:
AB791,3,33 1. Be designed to accommodate low-, medium-, and high-risk juveniles.
AB791,3,44 2. Hold not more than 36 juveniles, and not more than 24 high-risk juveniles.
AB791,3,65 3. Maintain a minimum staff-to-juvenile ratio of 1 to 8 during waking hours
6and 1 to 16 during resident sleeping hours.
AB791,3,87 (b) The department may designate the Grow Academy in Dane County as a
8Type 1 juvenile correctional facility under this section.
AB791,5 9Section 5. 301.16 (1x) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB791,3,1510 301.16 (1x) Inmates from the Wisconsin state prisons may be transferred to the
11institutions under this section, other than a Type 1 juvenile correctional facility
12established under sub. (1w),
and they shall be subject to all laws pertaining to
13inmates of other penal institutions of this state. Officers and employees of the
14institutions shall be subject to the same laws as pertain to other penal institutions.
15Inmates shall not be received on direct commitment from the courts.
AB791,6 16Section 6. 301.18 (1) (fm) of the statutes is created to read:
AB791,3,1817 301.18 (1) (fm) Provide the facilities necessary for any Type 1 juvenile
18correctional facility that is established by the department under s. 301.16 (1w).
AB791,7 19Section 7. 301.20 of the statutes is repealed.
AB791,8 20Section 8. 302.01 (13) of the statutes is created to read:
AB791,3,2221 302.01 (13) The treatment facility established under s. 301.16 (1f) is named
22“Lincoln Hills Correctional Institution.”
AB791,9 23Section 9 . Nonstatutory provisions.
AB791,3,2524 (1) Transfer of inmates and closure of Lincoln Hills School for boys and
25Copper Lake School for girls.
AB791,4,5
1(a) Transfer of inmates. Upon the establishment of the regional Type 1 juvenile
2correctional facilities under section 301.16 (1w) of the statutes, the department of
3corrections shall transfer all of the juveniles held in secure custody at the Lincoln
4Hills School for boys and Copper Lake School for girls to the appropriate regional
5Type 1 juvenile correctional facility.
AB791,4,96 (b) Closure of facilities. As soon as possible after the transfer of inmates under
7paragraph (a), the department of corrections shall permanently close the Type 1
8juvenile correctional facilities housed at the Lincoln Hills School for boys and Copper
9Lake School for girls in the town of Irma, Lincoln County.
AB791,4,1810 (2) Conversion of state correctional facilities. No later than the first day
11of the 6th month beginning after the effective date of this subsection, the department
12of corrections shall submit to the joint committee on finance for approval a report on
13the feasibility of, and, if applicable, a plan for, converting the facilities at the Lincoln
14Hills School for boys and Copper Lake School for girls to an adult correctional
15treatment facility under section 301.16 (1f) of the statutes. If the joint committee on
16finance approves the feasibility report and conversion plan under this subsection,
17the department of corrections shall submit the conversion plan to the building
18commission for approval.
AB791,4,1919 (End)
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