Walker's plan calls for seeking the $80 million in funding in 2019.
"It costs the county a lot more money to send a juvenile out to Lincoln Hills, and that was getting more and more expensive every year, so regionalizing (juvenile) facilities in counties may show some (financial) benefits", Cramer said.
Work with state and local officials to make sure that new detention centers are accessible but also safely distant from one another (Lincoln Hills and Copper Lakes were both in rural, northwest Wisconsin, while most of its detainees were from Milwaukee, in the state's southeast corner). The majority of offenders housed in the two facilities are from the Milwaukee area, 200 miles from Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake.
Goyke said Thursday that Walker's plan demonstrates "exciting progress in reforming Wisconsin's juvenile corrections system" and said he looks forward to seeing the proposal "implemented quickly and effectively".
"It's essential that we find a workable solution that will bring about better outcomes for juvenile offenders, their families and their communities", Vos said. While smaller than the hundreds that the facilities can now hold, Jeffery Roman says the plans would still house too many youth in one facility.More news: With new last page, passport may not work as address proof anymore
The announcement comes as Walker is up for re-election to a third term in November.
"For years, Gov. Walker has known that Wisconsin youth are being treated inhumanely", Wachs said via Twitter.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, applauded Walker and said he would support the governor's efforts to change the juvenile corrections system.
"How many kids have been abused during the five years Walker failed to act?"
Moore works with young people at the Urban Underground, some who have spent time at Lincoln Hills. The only answer 7 Investigates has received from his administration as to why it has taken until now to reform Lincoln Hills since he learned about the problems there six years ago is: "Discussions on reforming juvenile corrections between our office and interested parties have been ongoing for more than a year".More news: Dale Steyn comes in from the cold
"This decision doesn't help the people at Lincoln Hills right now; it ignores the problems", Curtis said.
"We talked with lawmakers from both political parties", he said, "which is why you saw support from both parties yesterday".
"We would love for that to be possible but we don't know that yet", Delagrave said.
The raid made public allegations that had been under investigation by state officials since early 2015.
One lawsuit filed since the investigation began is a class-action suit from former and current inmates represented by the American Civil Liberties Union-Wisconsin and the Juvenile Law Center. It alleges the use of pepper spray, restraints and solitary confinement had violated the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.More news: Investors Buy Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) on Weakness
"We are relieved that the state is moving away from a model that just doesn't work - large youth prisons that violate the Constitution and are unsafe to youth", she said.