Friday, January 19th

Razor wire tops one of the fences at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake schools complex in rural Irma in 2013.(Photo: Daily Herald Media)

MADISON - With Gov. Scott Walker planning to close Wisconsin's teen prison, his administration is in settlement talks with the attorneys for juvenile inmates who have sued over conditions there.

"In light of this development, the parties submit this report to inform the court that, at this juncture, the parties are continuing to actively negotiate a potential settlement and still intend to proceed with this case," lawyers for the state and inmates wrote in a court filing Friday. 

Teen inmates represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and Juvenile Law Center sued state officials a year ago over conditions at Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, which share a campus 30 miles north of Wausau. 

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