Alberta Darling

Support building for juvenile justice overhaul bill

Support is building for a juvenile justice overhaul plan that would close Wisconsin's troubled Lincoln Hills juvenile prison by 2021 and create a new hybrid system to house juveniles in state- and county-run facilities.

A key lawmaker said Tuesday that the plan could win unanimous support in the Senate, just as it did last week in the Assembly, if senators are comfortable with the $80 million cost and feel like the new system would reduce recidivism and increase safety.

Gov. Scott Walker has urged the Legislature to pass the plan this year before he stands for re-election in November. Lincoln Hills has been the subject of an ongoing federal investigation for three years and...