In June, U.S. District Court Judge James Peterson condemned the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections for maltreatment of teenage inmates at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile detention centers. Calling the Department of Corrections “callously indifferent” to the welfare of its inmates, Judge Peterson noted that Ted Kaczinski, also known as the Unabomber, “has less restrictive solitary confinement than the youth at Lincoln Hills.” Peterson ordered the state to immediately begin “dramatically reducing” its use of solitary confinement, restraints and pepper spray on inmates. Joining 8 O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing by telephone to talk about the past, present and future of juvenile detention at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake are Jessica Feireman, Associate Director of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia and Jeffrey Roman of Youth Justice Milwaukee.
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