A new juvenile prison would be built near Milwaukee under a bipartisan bill that would authorize borrowing $42 million for the project.
The Supreme Court is to hear arguments in a case that could put the brakes on what has been a gradual move toward more leniency for children who are convicted of murder.
Recent reports of violent clashes between juvenile inmates and prison workers are overblown, and an order to reduce the use of pepper spray and solitary confinement should not be changed, attorneys argued in filings made in federal court Friday.
Wisconsin officials are seeking the restoration of federal grants they haven't been able to tap into for the past two years to fund juvenile justice programs.
Research agencies doing work under a federal court improvement grant would have access to juvenile court records under a bill passed out of committee on Monday.
Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would treat some 17-year-old offenders as juveniles rather than have them tried in adult court.
A bipartisan bill that would reverse a Wisconsin state law that requires all 17-year-old offenders to be treated like adults is moving quickly in the state Legislature.
Non-violent 17-year-old offenders in Wisconsin would no longer be treated as adults in the justice system under a bipartisan proposal in the Legislature.
Wisconsin has drastically lowered its incarceration rate for youth offenders, partly relying more on community-based programs and less on confinement options, according to a national study.
Two 13-year-old Wisconsin boys are charged with using a hatchet and hammer to kill one boy's great-grandmother while stealing jewelry and a car from her home.
After two failed attempts, a state legislator will try again to reinstate jury trials for juveniles facing extended detention.
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