Youth Prison Investigation

An employee at Lincoln Hills School for Boys was injured by an inmate.


Authorities are investigating an assault at Lincoln Hills juvenile prison that sent one staff member to the hospital.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said an inmate assaulted the staff member Wednesday. The extent and nature of injuries are unknown. The student and employee were not identfied.

There has been unrest at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake schools amid reports of inmate mistreatment, and authorities have been probing allegations of prisoner abuse. No one has been charged but some top officials have resigned.

In July, a federal judge in Madison ordered the prison to reduce use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and shackles. This week, Gov. Scott Walker’s administration said it has made progress, but couldn’t immediately comply due to “significant unrest” at the facilities.

A state Department of Corrections spokesman confirmed Thursday that an “employee received injuries as a result of a youth-on-staff assault that occurred yesterday. The employee was taken to a hospital. The incident has been referred to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

“Our thoughts are with the employee as they recuperate. We are incredibly grateful to staff and their families as they work to make a positive difference in the lives of youth in DOC custody.”

Spokesman Tristan Cook declined to provide details about the incident.