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Jul 11, 2017

Judge orders changes at youth prisons by next week

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections must make a series of changes at Wisconsin's juvenile prisons to "drastically reduce," by July 21, the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and shackles on young inmates, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Jul 10, 2017

Youth prison plans give DOC time for policy change

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says a plan for changes in confinement at the state's juvenile prisons will give the department time to train staff on the new policies.

Jun 23, 2017

Judge orders changes at juvenile prisons (UPDATE)

A federal judge issued a stinging rebuke Friday of disciplinary practices at Wisconsin's youth prisons, saying state officials have demonstrated a "callous indifference" to the harm caused to juvenile inmates by the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and shackles.

Jun 22, 2017

Judge to weigh solitary confinement, pepper spray at prison

A federal judge is set to hear evidence in a case seeking to halt the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and the shackling of inmates at Wisconsin's troubled youth prisons.

May 25, 2017

Appeals court deals blow to Trump administration travel ban

A federal appeals court dealt another blow to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six-Muslim majority countries on Thursday, siding with groups that say the policy illegally targets Muslims.

Feb 22, 2017

Milwaukee police chief denies stop-and-frisk allegation

Milwaukee's police chief denies that the police department has a stop-and-frisk policy, though he maintains that traffic stops in "high crime areas" reduce crime.

Feb 1, 2017

Crime bill package could send more youth to troubled prison (UPDATE)

Two Republican legislators want to expand the list of crimes that could land juveniles in the state's troubled youth prison and remove limits on the length of their stay.

Jan 24, 2017

Civil rights groups sue over alleged abuse at youth prison

Civil rights groups sued the state of Wisconsin seeking improvements at a youth prison because guards there are still abusing children despite state and federal investigations, an attorney said Tuesday.

Sep 21, 2016

ACLU bills would require transparency on police surveillance (UPDATE)

Bills being introduced in nearly a dozen cities will aim to force police departments to disclose the surveillance technologies they use, the American Civil Liberties Union and other transparency advocates announced Wednesday.

Aug 17, 2016

Wis. ACLU director retiring

The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin has announced that he will be retiring.

Jul 26, 2016

Complaint: Wisconsin transgender researcher denied coverage

A transgender researcher has filed a complaint against the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Wisconsin and an insurance company for denying her coverage of gender confirmation surgery.

Jun 12, 2016

ACLU files motion in voter ID federal lawsuit

Groups advocating for voting rights have filed a motion in federal court asking that Wisconsin voters having trouble obtaining the required photo identification be able to cast ballots anyhow.


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