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Testimony reveals inmates told secretary about abuse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New testimony reveals that inmates at Wisconsin’s troubled juvenile prison swarmed the corrections secretary during a 2015 visit to complain that they were being harmed by staff.

The testimony on Tuesday came during an employment hearing into the former secretary’s termination. After resigning in February, Ed Wall returned to a job in the Department of Justice, but was later fired by Attorney General Brad Schimel following concerns he was trying to undermine the state’s open records law.

The Journal Sentinel reports Wall’s attorney, Lester Pines, said Wall was alarmed to learn about the inmates’ accusations at Lincoln Hills School for Boys eight months after the DOJ began an investigation into possible abuse. The Department of Corrections says the inmates were told to write to Wall about their concerns.

 

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