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Juveniles – delinquency — secure detention

Wisconsin Court of Appeals

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Juveniles – delinquency — secure detention

Mercedes S. argues that the circuit court erroneously exercised its discretion by ordering 50 days of secure detention as a sanction for her repeated violations of a juvenile delinquency dispositional order. Before the sanctions hearing in question, Mercedes had already spent eighty-three days in secure detention, pursuant to the same dispositional order and prior sanctions. She argues, in essence, that, given that eighty-three days of secure detention had not coerced compliance, the court failed to adequately explain why more secure detention would coerce better compliance. We conclude that the court properly exercised its discretion when it determined that in view of Mercedes’ past behavior, secure detention was the appropriate sanction for each violation, to demonstrate to Mercedes that “if she doesn’t follow the rules, there are consequences.” We affirm. This opinion will not be published.

2012AP1524 In the interest of Mercedes S.

Dist II, Fond du Lac County, English, J., Brown, C.J.

Attorneys: For Appellant: Alesia, Susan E., Madison; For Respondent: Toney, Eric, Fond du Lac

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