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Feb 22, 2022

Funding to build Milwaukee County youth prison unlikely to pass

A bill that would borrow $42 million to pay for a new juvenile youth prison to be located in Milwaukee County appears unlikely to pass the Legislature this session.

Jan 9, 2020

Evers, Democrats push bills to reduce prison population

Gov. Tony Evers and his fellow Democratic lawmakers have introduced a series of proposals designed to reduce overcrowded prisons, but without support from Republican leaders they are unlikely to gain momentum in the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Sep 18, 2018

Michigan community sues to keep Upper Peninsula prison open

A township in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is suing to stop the closing of a local prison.

Jul 25, 2018

Oshkosh prison worker accused of sexually assaulting inmate

A corrections employee is accused of having sexual contact with an inmate at the Oshkosh prison.

Mar 5, 2018

Wisconsin program helps those in criminal justice system

Kemesha Harper's future is bright. The La Crosse woman is on track to graduate from Western Technical College in La Crosse this spring with a degree in human services. She wants to work with at-risk youth.

Feb 21, 2018

Assembly to back borrowing $350M for new prison

The Wisconsin Assembly plans to approve the hiring of additional prosecutors and the borrowing of $350 million to build a new adult prison to help ease overcrowding as part of a flurry of anti-crime bills scheduled for votes this week.

May 1, 2012

Hungry homeless man gets intentionally arrested

Lance Brown was hungry and homeless, so he decided to get thrown in jail by hurling a brick through a glass door at the Columbus courthouse building.

Jul 19, 2011

Walker signs bill doing away with early release (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that ends an early prison release program put in place by Democrats two years ago. Walker signed the bill Tuesday at the Wisconsin State Patrol’s Eau Claire office. Repealing the program passed the Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year with bipartisan support. Former Democratic […]

Jun 8, 2011

Lawmakers debate end to early prison release

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State lawmakers are debating a Republican bill to end former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle’s early prison release program. The Assembly is considering the measure. The Senate passed it last month. Doyle introduced early release in his last state budget. The program allows well-behaved inmates to move onto extended supervision sooner as […]

Jun 7, 2011

Inmate sues after gruesome tries at sex change

DENA POTTER Associated Press DILLWYN, Va. (AP) — Crouched in her cell, Ophelia De’lonta hoped three green disposable razors from the prison commissary would give her what the Virginia Department of Corrections will not — a sex change. It had been several years since she had felt the urges, but she had been fighting […]


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