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State orders body cameras for guards as probe deepens

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has ordered body cameras to be worn by security staff at a juvenile prison that’s at the certain of a widening probe into alleged abuse by both guards and inmates.

The Corrections department issued its most expansive comments to date Friday on the investigation into the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile prisons in Irma. The comments come as the FBI confirmed it was investigating, along with state Department of Justice officials.

The Corrections Department says all employees identified as harming juvenile inmates or putting them at risk of harm have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

It also says the newly ordered body cameras will be mandatory for all interactions with youth during acts of aggression, crisis intervention and “other circumstances.”

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