Community leaders sound off on Lincoln Hills controversy: “This speaks volumes to the larger issues”

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MILWAUKEE -- After allegations of abuse have come up at Lincoln Hills, local leaders are looking to make big changes for Milwaukee County youth currently incarcerated.

Charged up and sounding off, community members voiced their concerns over the controversy at Lincoln Hills. Local leaders were just as vocal.

"What's going on right now with these kids isn't just inhumane, it's not even compliance with the law," said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.

Chris Abele

Chris Abele

County Executive Chris Abele was among the panelists at Saturday's community brainstorming meeting.

"At the end of the day, what we are all hoping is to get to a point as soon as we responsibly can where we are not sending any kids to Lincoln Hills. We are do better, better treatment, better service, no compromising public safety, closer to the community," said Abele.

State Representative Mandela Barnes was thankful for the opportunity to engage the community on the issues as the FBI investigates abuse allegations.

Mandela Barnes

Mandela Barnes

"This speaks volumes to the larger issues we see in criminal justice. It's important we also look at our juvenile corrections because that's where we have the biggest opportunity to make a difference -- rehabilitate, get these young offenders ready to transition into society," said Barnes.

The goal is to facilitate productive children while reducing recidivism.

"The percentage of kids that reoffend at Lincon Hills: 65%. So we are expensively making it more likely these kids are going to reoffend. Some of the same kids we have programs that are closer to 10%," said Abele.

Abele says it may take some time, but talks of transition are already in motion.

"I'm hoping it stays public discussion because pressure on to keep the ball moving," said Abele.

In the interim, Abele says county workers have been going to Lincoln Hills to keep track of the kids, and monitor their programs and safety.

5 comments

    • Kimberly

      I think this is great my son there an I’m sick of the things going on there he have been beat put in hole for nothing. I thank the Ppl that stepped up and helped us its bout time….thanks to all for stepping up an out.

    • Kimberly

      Your one person I will pray for my friend the words I like to tell u I won’t god is good an always in the making from u evil unwanted craters…

  • JS

    I am pretty sure these same things happen in adult prison, why no outrage, no press coverage, prison is prison, commit a crime, do your time, Old enough to act like adults, then they should have to deal with the same consequences that the adults have to.

  • Navmin

    Pointing fingers at one small part of a larger institution will not solve problems here. Too often places like these are told to “change” but not assisted in making any changes. The conditions at Lincoln are part of what is leading to the issues they are having and if those conditions are not looked at as the causes of these issues then all politicians are doing here is using this as an easy stance to take in order to get reelected. No one believes in the maltreatment of youth but will these same proponents make a lasting investment in establishing and maintaining restorative practices?

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