State legislators push bipartisan bill to address youth prison

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MADISON — Lawmakers have launched a bipartisan effort to push the first bill addressing child abuse allegations at Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison through the Legislature after a year of inaction.

Republican state Rep. Joel Kleefisch and Democratic Sen. LaTonya Johnson of Milwaukee introduced a bill this week that would make guards at the prison mandatory child abuse reporters. If they fail to report abuse to child welfare workers or police they would face up to six months in jail.

Word broke in December 2015 that state agents were investigating allegations of widespread abuse at the prison in Irma. The FBI has since taken over the probe.

Democrats introduced bills last session that would have created changes at the prison but they went nowhere in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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  • Opinion8d

    Why in the world would we add this burden/responsibility to guards at prisons??? So if another guard gets rough with an inmate, now the other guy with him has to report it??? What exactly does this mean? They are already restricted enough to keep these thugs inline, why create problems?!?! How about a law supporting corporal punishment by authorities when people are disorderly or verbally abusive to prison guards!?!?!?

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