Groups Petition Federal Court To End Solitary Confinement Of Youth Offenders

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and the Juvenile Law Center filed a request Wednesday in a federal court as part of a pending lawsuit alleging poor treatment of juveniles at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake facilities. The lawsuit asks the federal court to order the state of Wisconsin to stop using solitary confinement at its youth correctional facilities.
The advocacy groups said that as many as 20-percent of the juveniles at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake are in solitary confinement at any given time.
The facilities house between 150 to 200 youth. The groups’ lawsuit also alleges youth are pepper-sprayed and shackled to tables; Wednesday’s filing requested a stop to those practices as well.