Evers responds to Vos’ blocking of recent juvenile detention facility for Milwaukee County | WUWM 89.7 FM

Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is slinging again criticism from a prime Republican over one other obvious delay in constructing a brand new state-run youth detention facility.

The state Senate voted unanimously this week to assist spending $42 million on changing the Lincoln Hills Faculty for Boys in north central Wisconsin with a brand new constructing in Milwaukee County. However simply earlier than that vote, Meeting Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) stated the measure is unlikely to make it onto the state Meeting’s agenda.

Vos stated the Evers administration has didn’t give you a website.

“In the event you bear in mind, they tried on the northwest facet of Milwaukee. Confronted intense opposition, and actually have carried out nothing since. So, it’s extremely difficult for us to say we will cross a invoice with a bunch of cash with out a website to have it really go to, with out the due diligence. And that has to occur from the Evers administration, ” Vos stated throughout a information convention broadcasted on WisconsinEye.




State Meeting Speaker Robin Vos (standing at rear) throughout a legislative session Tuesday.

However in Milwaukee, Evers stated Wednesday he is assured about discovering a Milwaukee County website.

“We’ll discover one. Everyone desires it right here. We’ll take a look at a number of websites. Any website we select, there could also be individuals towards it. However at a while, there is a hierarchy of wants, and an important hierarchy are the children up in Lincoln Hills,” Evers stated throughout a information convention at Metropolis Corridor.

Evers stated having the cash now would assist the planning course of go ahead. Lawmakers agreed 4 years in the past to shut Lincoln Hills after some youngsters had been pepper sprayed and a baby was injured when guards had been gradual to answer a suicide try. The state needed to pay greater than $25 million for authorized charges and to compensate a few of these injured.

Another counties have been increasing their amenities for juveniles, because the plan has been to exchange Lincoln Hills with a smaller facility. Solely about 40 male juveniles are nonetheless up north and solely about 15 feminine juveniles at a companion constructing, Copper Lake.

However work on the Milwaukee website has been slowed down. The state is considered eyeing the Felmers O. Chaney Correctional Heart close to thirtieth and Locust.

WUWM requested Evers if Vos would not wish to give the governor a political win in a reelection yr.

“I am unable to imagine there could be a political angle on this,” Evers deadpanned. “I am being facetious. In fact, there may be. ‘Do not give Evers a win.’ Backside line. Once you fiddle with youngsters’ lives for that goal, that be fallacious.”


Milwaukee County Govt David Crowley, who’s talking, joined Evers at Wednesday’s occasion at Milwaukee Metropolis Corridor.

Milwaukee County Govt David Crowley stated native budgets are struggling in the course of the seek for a substitute for Lincoln Hills.

“Now that we’re sending much less younger individuals there it is turning into way more costly for native municipalities when it comes down the incarceration of younger individuals,” he stated.

Crowley is a former Democratic state consultant. He is siding with Evers in calling on Vos to let the state Meeting take up the invoice to construct a brand new juvenile detention facility.

Editor’s be aware: A portion of the audio is from WisconsinEye.

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