DOJ investigating allegations excessive force used against inmates at state’s youth prison

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MADISON — The state Justice Department is investigating allegations that excessive force was used against inmates at the state's youth prison.

Corrections Secretary Ed Wall wrote to his administrators on Thursday informing them the probe at Lincoln Hills School north of Wausau has been ongoing since January.

He noted in the letter there was an incident as recently as the last weekend of November and DOC has appointed a new administrator for juvenile corrections and a new superintendent at Lincoln Hills.

Troy Bauch, a union representative for Lincoln Hills staff, told The Associated Press in an interview that DOJ agents visited the prison this past Saturday and Sunday and interviewed all staff and offenders.

DOJ spokeswoman Anne Schwartz declined comment.

Governor Scott Walker said Monday DOC officials found a few staff members they were concerned about, and immediately put them on leave, before asking Lincoln County Sheriff's officials and DOJ officials to investigate.

"We take this very seriously. It’s why we’ve been actively involved and brought this to the attention of the Department of Justice. It's something I’ve met with the attorney general on. We’re hoping they get to the bottom of one part of it. In the meantime, we’ve instructed the secretary of corrections to take as aggressive action as possible to make sure the staff there is looking out for not only the safety of the people under their supervision, but of other staff and visitors to the site," Walker said.

2 comments

  • Anonymous

    U may want to ask what happen the night of Nov. 12 2015 when a teen girl rang for help and was later said to be found hung ?? But they responded to gher call for assistance within 4 minutes so they say. So why is it that she’s no longer nor will be able to tell anyone the truth of what happened that night. She had recently filed a report against staff for abuse. But her crys we’re not heard nor will ever be.. the a repeat incident happened again on Dec. 5 2015. Her crys for help will not be heard either.where is these young teens protection?? Well when staff is on trial u can just about imagine the horror these teens insured. Justice must be done at as instead these inhuman people that are in charge of our teens lives. What a nightmare. Why did it take so long for anyone to answer all their crys for justice. Was it ignored because they weere troubled teens so they say cr I minals b.s. we want justice. Some crys will never be heard this is horrifying.

  • Anonymous

    U may want to ask what happen the night of Nov. 12 2015 when a teen girl rang for help and was later said to be found hung ?? But they responded to gher call for assistance within 4 minutes why. Justice will prevail i prayminutes so they say. So why is it that she’s no longer nor will be able to tell anyone the truth of what happened that night. She had recently filed a report against staff for abuse. But her crys we’re not heard nor will ever be.. the a repeat incident happened again on Dec. 5 2015. Her crys for help will not be heard either.where is these young teens protection?? Well when staff is on trial u can just about imagine the horror these teens insured. Justice must be done at as instead these inhuman people that are in charge of our teens lives. What a nightmare. Why did it take so long for anyone to answer all their crys for justice. Was it ignored because they weere troubled teens so they say cr I minals b.s. we want justice. Some crys will never be heard this is horrifying.

Comments are closed.