(Irma, WI)  —  Court-ordered monitor Teresa Abreu says a staffing crisis at Wisconsin’s youth prison is causing the young people to be held in their cells for lengthy periods of time.  It’s also costing them classroom time.  Lincoln Hills had a 40-percent vacancy rate among its counselors last summer.  Those people work directly with the teenagers held in the prison.  The report says corrections officials haven’t been able to hire a social worker for the facility in four years.  At the same time, staffing levels are critically low the prison population has been growing – and it could be several years before the new prison in the Milwaukee area is ready.

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