Lincoln Hills Juvenile Prison, Irma, Wisconsin
August 3, 2017

Youth prisoners scale a building and attack guards with metal, shingles, and rocks they tear from the roof.

According to news reports, “one inmate was seen doing back flips and another threatened a guard, saying the whole ordeal could have been prevented if she had just played chess with him. Another inmate argued he should have been able to participate in a pizza party.”

Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake (a nearby Juvenile Detention Center for female classified youth) had been under federal investigation and public scrutiny for abusing and isolating children to the point of self harm and suicide. Weeks later, state legislature decides to close the facilities.

Citations:

Teen inmates climbed Wisconsin juvenile prison roof, waved broken pipes and threw rocks at guards“, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 26, 2017.

Background:

State: ‘Significant unrest’ at youth prison hindered compliance with court order“, Wisconsin State Journal, October 12, 2017.

Alleged abuses uncovered at Wisconsin youth prison“, Wisconsin State Journal, January 4, 2018.

Scott Walker plans to close troubled Lincoln Hills youth prison, open six small facilities“, Wisconsin State Journal, January 5, 2018.

Documents Describe Episodes Of Graphic Violence At Wisconsin Youth Prison“, Wisconsin Public Radio, December 18, 2015.