Plans scrapped for new youth prisons

A plan to build new facilities to replace Wisconsin's youth prison has been rejected by a legislative committee.

Instead, a grant committee submitted a plan to the finance committee requesting funding to build or renovate facilities in Dane, Brown, Milwaukee and Racine counties.

Officials voted to close the building outside Irma by July 1, 2021 and replace it with new state prisons and smaller county run buildings.

A $73 million dollar plan was submitted by the department of corrections to the joint finance committee to build youth prisons in milwaukee and hortonia, but no money was allocated for any new youth prisons.

The Legislature would have to authorize additional borrowing. The finance committee voted Wednesday to scrap the plan, saying there's no money for it.

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