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Roman, Moore: Stop sending our kids to Lincoln Hills

February 17, 2017
in Kids

The longer our elected representatives wait to invest in alternatives to incarceration, the more victims we will have. “I felt like my son was a caged dog, not a child or a man.” That’s how a mother described her son’s experience at Lincoln Hills School for Boys. Sadly, her heartbreaking story is all too common. Dozens of boys — the majority young boys of color — live at the facility, which remains under federal investigation for allegations of rampant verbal, physical, medical and sexual abuse. Accounts such as these show why sending more kids to prison is not the answer. Yet earlier this month, state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) and Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) introduced a reckless bill that would do just that: send more kids to prison for longer periods of time and for a larger number of offenses. Their deceptively titled, “Victim Prevention Package” purports to keep communities safe by keeping children in conflict with the law off the streets and behind bars, but in reality will do just the opposite. Keeping our communities safe means keeping kids close to their families. With the right support system, overwhelming evidence shows that communities are the...

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