By Tim Kowols
A state representative from Milwaukee hopes to take a more proactive approach to controlling the state’s prison population. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin’s prison population stands at 22,959 adults with over 25,000 estimated to be behind bars by 2019. Rep. Evan Goyke hopes his plan to close the Lincoln Hills School Juvenile Prison in Irma, Wis. and turning it into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for inmates could help reverse the drinking culture that sends people to prison time after time.
Rep. Goyke says following Minnesota’s lead on incarceration, which emphasizes more on community corrections like probation and parole, could also be something the Wisconsin Legislature looks at to address prison overcrowding.