MADISON, Wis. — Republican lawmakers say they’re still looking to build new state facilities to house juvenile offenders after Wisconsin’s youth prison closes.
A 2018 state law requires the prison outside Irma to close by 2021. Offenders would move to new state and county facilities.
The bill authorized $25 million in borrowing for new state facilities. Gov. Tony Evers created an additional $90 million in bonding for the centers in his state budget.
Republicans on the Legislature’s finance committee scrapped Evers’ plan Tuesday and shifted the $25 million in existing borrowing authority to the counties.
Assembly Corrections Committee Chairman Michael Schraa and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Van Wanggaard said Wednesday that they want a better handle on state costs and the counties need more money.
Wanggaard said he expects a new funding bill for state facilities in September.
Deputy shot and wounded
ARPIN, Wis. — Wood County’s sheriff says one of his deputies was shot and wounded after responding to a report of a suicidal person.
Sheriff Shawn Becker said the deputy was shot while investigating the report and was flown by helicopter to a hospital. Becker said the deputy was shot in the arm. The deputy’s condition was not immediately available.
It was unclear if the shooter was in custody.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation.