Evers plans new juvenile facilities in Milwaukee, Hortonia

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers says he wants to build two new juvenile detention facilities in Milwaukee and Hortonia, a small town in Outagamie County.

Evers announced the plans Tuesday. The facilities will house serious offenders from the state’s troubled youth prison near Irma. The state Department of Corrections will operate the facilities.

Republican legislators passed a bill last year that requires the state Department of Corrections to close the youth prison by 2021 and replace it with regional facilities. The bill allows for borrowing up to $25 million for the facilities.

Evers also announced that he’s appointing Democratic state Rep. David Crowley as chairman of a committee that will determine which counties get grants to begin construction of other detention facilities to house other youth prison inmates.

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