Teens who spent time at youth prison under investigation for alleged abuse describe it as “Hell on Earth”

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MILWAUKEE -- They describe it as Hell on Earth. Two Milwaukee teens are speaking out about their time spent at a facility under investigation for alleged abuse. These teens say they witnessed abuse and experienced it firsthand.

The two teens did time at the Copper Lake School for Girls in Irma. Copper Lake School for Girls/Lincoln Hills School for Boys is currently under state investigation -- something the teens hope makes a difference.

"I wouldn't send my enemy there," said Deangela Flowers.

Deangela Flowers

Deangela Flowers

"It's not a good place for people to be," said Ashley Maclin.

Flowers and Maclin can't seem to forget their time at the facility.

"A lot of people come out way worse than when they went in," said Maclin.

Ashley Maclin

Ashley Maclin

Flowers and Maclin, who are now 19, say they were sent away to the Copper Lake School for Girls in Irma for being repeated runaways. While there, they claim to have witnessed abuse and experienced it themselves.

"Slammed her against the wall, slammed her against the ground," said Maclin.

"I had staff come in my room and strip me and take me to the hole and put me on suicide watch because he wanted to see me nude," said Flowers.

The Lincoln Hills School for Boys/Copper Lake School for Girls facility is currently under investigation by the state for alleged abuse by staffers.

Lincoln Hills School

Lincoln Hills School

On Thursday, February 4th the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to find alternative housing for offenders currently held at the facility.

"This is inhumane treatment," said Monique Kelly, community organizer.

Monique Kelly

Monique Kelly

Kelly has been working with those who say they were traumatized at the facility.

"This is institutionalized abuse," said Kelly.

It is alleged abuse these teens want to see stopped.

"It's not fit as of right now. It wasn't fit when I was there," said Flowers.

"Maybe this will show you can't get away with everything. What's done in the dark is going to come to light," said Maclin.

FOX6 News reached out to the Department of Corrections for this story.. A spokeswoman said they cannot provide any information because all juvenile records are confidential.

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  • Shannon Cook

    “I had staff come in my room and strip me and take me to the hole and put me on suicide watch because he wanted to see me nude,” said Flowers…………………
    You “people” that made comments below are HEARTLESS!!!!!!! Read the quote above from one of the victims. Who deserves to be thrown in a room naked being watched by some sick, preverse prison guard???? Not even a “criminal” deserves that treatment. I really hope no one you love ever gets treated that way. Yes, they ended up there because they broke whatever law, but they are still human beings and deserve to be treated that way!

  • dylan

    I am sorry, but there are reasons the young offenders are sent to such places, I don’t believe they end up there the first time they commit an offense there are consequences for bad behavior. obviously abuse should not be tolerated. remember this isn’t meant to be a fun camp..it is suppose to be a little awful so you won’t screw up and end up there again or reoffend when you are an adult commit a crime and end up in prison for real think about it

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