One of two planned state juvenile corrections facilities will be built in the Town of Hortonia in Outagamie County.
Gov. Tony Evers today announced the Department of Corrections, in cooperation with the Department of Administration, will begin construction of the two Type 1 juvenile facilities as directed by 2017 Wisconsin Act 185. A second facility will be built in Milwaukee.
“We are committed to getting kids out of Lincoln Hills and closer to home as soon as we safely and responsibly can,” Evers said. “Today’s announcements show significant action towards our shared goal of ensuring kids get the education, programming and mental health treatment they need in supportive settings that are closer to their families and communities.”
Additionally, Evers announced he is appointing Rep. David Crowley as chair of the Act 185 Juvenile Corrections grant committee and Sharlen Moore as the nonprofit representative to the committee. This committee will determine grants to counties where Secure Youth Residential Centers for Children and Youth are constructed, as outlined in Act 185.
Following today’s announcement, DOC and DOA leadership will be working with local leaders in both locations to schedule and facilitate community input gathering sessions.