Ju­ve­nile pri­son work­ers as­saulted

The Expositor (Brantford) - - CLASSIFIEDS - SCOTT BAUER

MADI­SON, Wis. — Three Wis­con­sin ju­ve­nile pri­son work­ers were hurt in two sep­a­rate at­tacks by in­mates last the week­end, the lat­est in a string of in­ci­dents that come as the state strug­gles to im­ple­ment a fed­eral court or­der re­quir­ing it to dras­ti­cally re­duce the use of soli­tary con­fine­ment, pep­per spray and shack­les on its ju­ve­nile in­mates.

The state Cor­rec­tions Depart­ment and the Lin­coln County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the at­tacks that hap­pened Satur­day at the Lin­coln Hills pri­son. One em­ployee was hurt in an as­sault Satur­day morn­ing and two oth­ers were in­jured in sep­a­rate as­saults the same af­ter­noon, Cor­rec­tions Depart­ment spokesman Tris­tan Cook said Tues­day.

All three work­ers sought med­i­cal at­ten­tion and were re­leased, Cook said.

“Vi­o­lent and dis­re­spect­ful be­hav­iour by youth is not ac­cept­able and we are ac­tively work­ing with law en­force­ment to charge and pros­e­cute the youth re­spon­si­ble,” Cook said. Ad­di­tional steps have also been taken to safe­guard staff, he said.

The at­tacks come as the Cor­rec­tions Depart­ment works to com­ply with a July fed­eral court or­der stem­ming from a clas­s­ac­tion law­suit the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union of Wis­con­sin and Ju­ve­nile Law Cen­ter filed on be­half of in­mates. The Lin­coln Hills and Cop­per Lake pris­ons, which share a cam­pus in Irma about 30 km north of Wausau, also re­main un­der a nearly three-year-old fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Cor­rec­tions Depart­ment is work­ing on a pro­gram tar­get­ing the most dis­rup­tive in­mates, which may in­volve mov­ing them from the ju­ve­nile pris­ons, at­tor­ney Sam Hall told the court.

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