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Lincoln Hills School: Civil rights investigation possible at youth prison

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MADISON — Federal officials looking into abuse allegations at Wisconsin’s youth prison are trying to determine if criminal charges are warranted and also whether another investigation into civil rights violations is in order.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil says that in addition to the criminal investigation headed by the FBI, federal agents are also looking into the possibility of a pattern of civil rights violations at Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls in northern Wisconsin.

Vaudreuil says that after the evidence is reviewed, he and the FBI will forward the findings to U.S. Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta. She heads the federal Department of Justice’s civil rights division and will decide whether to open a civil investigation.

If that happens, the state could face a lawsuit or consent decree ordering it to make changes.


  • Benetria McGowan

    My nephew is in Lincoln Hills. Last night they gave him another young mans medicine @930 and once they realized they were the wrong meds they gave him his to take as well. This happened within a 5 minute time spand. He was only looked over by an onsite nurse (their department is under investigation as well) and it was told to a witness that went to visit Josh today that his levels were elevated but that they will not take him to the hospital. My nephew (Josh) was described as physically shaking throughout the entire visit and was stated to have not been to sleep in 24hrs.

    • Steve T. R.N.

      Nurses (Registered nurses) are perfectly capable of monitoring symptoms related to medication errors. The emergency room would have done nothing more than nursing at the school. Except emergency room visits can cost up to $10,000 ( yes ten thousand dollars) and the end results are the same…

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