Madison center to help remedy close of troubled youth prison

The state budget committee unanimously approved a plan to expand the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center located on Madison’s north side, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal. The expansion will help provide services for the Lincoln Hills youth prison that is scheduled to close. The center will also provide mental health treatment to troubled teens. The budget committee approved $66 million in borrowed funds to allow the center to house an additional 30 boys and 20 girls. In 2018, lawmakers decided to close the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, which had been plagued with reports of child neglect, tampering with public documents, and intimidation of victims.