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Wisconsin was sued on Monday over conditions at two juvenile detention facilities in the state's northeast, where teenagers claimed they are routinely subject to unlawful solitary confinement, shackling and pepper spray. The American Civil Liberties Union and Juvenile Law Center filed the lawsuit against Wisconsin Department of Corrections officials on behalf of four unnamed youths at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls in Irma, Wisconsin. Comment?
MERRILL, WI A 57-year-old Lincoln County man is accused of "grooming" young girls into situations where he could sexually molest them. Prosecutors say Gary Van Kilen targeted single mothers with children with a strange trail of behaviors designed to have sexual contact with them. Comment?
UNDATED An open records request uncovered more than 500 violent incidents at the Lincoln Hills juvenile detention center in the months before a federal investigation began. The Wisconsin State Journal reviewed logs of the incidents between July and December, 2015 under the Freedom of Information Act. Comment?
A contingent of Democratic lawmakers are in northern Wisconsin to get a first-hand look at a troubled juvenile detention facility. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca of Kenosha and Assistant Minority Leader Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point are part of the group visiting Lincoln Hills School For Boys at Irma. Comment?
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