Episode 33: Youth Justice in Milwaukee (Part 1)

This is the first episode of a two-part series on the future of youth justice in Milwaukee, and what the closure of Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake as youth correctional institutions might mean for Milwaukee in the coming years. In this episode, we’ll give some background on why Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake are closing, how Milwaukee County is preparing to use this moment to improve its youth justice system, and how New York City recently used a similar situation to drastically improve its own system. To help us understand this topic and articulate what makes now such a unique moment for the future of youth justice in our city, we talk to County Executive Chris Abele, Director of Health and Human Services Mary Jo Meyers, and Director of Youth Justice Initiatives and Columbia University’s Justice Lab Vidhya Ananthakrishnan.