(WLUK) – A state study panel is recommending an Outagamie County site as one of two top choices for a new juvenile prison to replace the troubled Lincoln Hills facility.
The panel ranked two sets of sites: some in southeastern Wisconsin, and then those across the rest of the state.
For those outside the Milwaukee metro area, the top-ranked site is near Highway 15 and U.S. 45 in Hortonia, near New London. Another location that the panel recommended get further study is in the Winnebago County town of Winchester, near the U.S. 10/45 interchange.
One of the locations under consideration was at the Veterans Home at King, in Waupaca County, but that was eliminated from consideration at this time.
The recommendations now get forwarded to the Department of Corrections for review. No final decisions on which sites will be selected have been made.
In terms of what the new facilities will include, the committee listed about two dozen attributes with “a focus to move away from a correctional-looking setting and introduce something more inviting and welcoming,” according to the meeting minutes. Those items include:
The state has committed up to $80 million for the facilities.