2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
Close Lincoln Hills and establish regional risk and need-based juvenile
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.
1An Act to repeal
301.20; to amend
16.99 (3b) and 301.16 (1x); and to create
301.01 (4m), 301.16 (1f), 301.16 (1w), 301.18 (1) (fm) and 302.01 (13) of the 3
statutes; 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:
16.99 (3b) of the statutes is amended to read:
“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
301.01 (4m) of the statutes is created to read:
“Type 1 juvenile correctional facility” has the meaning given in s. 7
301.16 (1f) of the statutes is created to read:
In addition to the institutions under sub. (1), and subject to 2017 10
Wisconsin Act .... (this act), sections 9 (1) (b
) and (2), the department may establish 11
and operate a correctional treatment facility for the treatment of substance abuse for 12
inmates in the program established under s. 302.05 in the town of Irma, Lincoln 13
County, at the location that was the Lincoln Hills School for boys and Copper Lake 14
School for girls. This subsection constitutes enumeration in the authorized state 15
building program for purposes of s. 20.924.
301.16 (1w) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) The department shall establish and operate no fewer than 6 18
and no more than 10 regional Type 1 juvenile correctional facilities. In establishing 19
the facilities under this subsection, the department shall consider the distribution 20
and density of the population historically served by Type 1 juvenile correctional
facilities in the state. Each Type 1 juvenile correctional facility established under 2
this subsection shall do all of the following:
Be designed to accommodate low-, medium-, and high-risk juveniles.
2. Hold not more than 36 juveniles, and not more than 24 high-risk juveniles.
3. Maintain a minimum staff-to-juvenile ratio of 1 to 8 during waking hours 6
and 1 to 16 during resident sleeping hours.
The department may designate the Grow Academy in Dane County as a 8
Type 1 juvenile correctional facility under this section.
301.16 (1x) of the statutes is amended to read:
Inmates from the Wisconsin state prisons may be transferred to the 11
institutions 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 13
inmates of other penal institutions of this state. Officers and employees of the 14
institutions shall be subject to the same laws as pertain to other penal institutions. 15
Inmates shall not be received on direct commitment from the courts.
301.18 (1) (fm) of the statutes is created to read:
(fm) Provide the facilities necessary for any Type 1 juvenile 18
correctional facility that is established by the department under s. 301.16 (1w).
301.20 of the statutes is repealed.
302.01 (13) of the statutes is created to read:
The treatment facility established under s. 301.16 (1f) is named 22
“Lincoln Hills Correctional Institution.”
Transfer of inmates and closure of Lincoln Hills School for boys and
25Copper Lake School for girls.
(a) Transfer of inmates
. Upon the establishment of the regional Type 1 juvenile 2
correctional facilities under section 301.16 (1w) of the statutes, the department of 3
corrections shall transfer all of the juveniles held in secure custody at the Lincoln 4
Hills School for boys and Copper Lake School for girls to the appropriate regional 5
Type 1 juvenile correctional facility.
Closure of facilities
. As soon as possible after the transfer of inmates under 7
paragraph (a), the department of corrections shall permanently close the Type 1 8
juvenile correctional facilities housed at the Lincoln Hills School for boys and Copper 9
Lake School for girls in the town of Irma, Lincoln County.
Conversion of state correctional facilities.
No later than the first day 11
of the 6th month beginning after the effective date of this subsection, the department 12
of corrections shall submit to the joint committee on finance for approval a report on 13
the feasibility of, and, if applicable, a plan for, converting the facilities at the Lincoln 14
Hills School for boys and Copper Lake School for girls to an adult correctional 15
treatment facility under section 301.16 (1f) of the statutes. If the joint committee on 16
finance approves the feasibility report and conversion plan under this subsection, 17
the department of corrections shall submit the conversion plan to the building 18
commission for approval.