On a possible juvenile corrections facility, Franklin Mayor Olson plays prevent defense

A news report indicates a site somewhere in Milwaukee County (Franklin?) could be chosen for a juvenile corrections facility.

Franklin Mayor is worried, and rightfully so, because he’s been down this road before. So he’s fired off a correspondence to Franklin’s elected representatives in the state Legislature:

Dear Representatives and Senator-Elect:

I read with interest this article:

http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/04/governor-mulling-money-teen-prison/94821222/

Where might Milwaukee County find land to build a “facility” to house juvenile offenders?

Franklin’s been down this path before.  Rep. Skowronski had been part of it.  The easy target because of open land and already having the House of Corrections.

As Rep. Skowronski can attest, Franklin wants no part of any new corrections facility.  We’re doing our share.

I ask that you help us by assuring that any municipality in Milwaukee County who currently serves facilities for incarcerated individuals of more than….  100?, that no additional facilities may be built in that community.

I ask that you all put this issue on your personal and staff agenda’s and please keep me informed.

I’m always available to discuss this and any other issue with you.

Thanks in advance.

Steve

Steve Olson

Mayor

City of Franklin

9229 W. Loomis Rd.

Franklin, Wi.  53132

Olson also contacted Franklin’s county representatives, Supervisors Steve Taylor and Dan Sebring:

Supervisors:

I’m certain that you both read the following article:

http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/04/governor-mulling-money-teen-prison/94821222/

I know that Supervisor Taylor has had experience with the City of Franklin’s last experience with the State wanting to provide a “facility” for convicted sexually violent persons.  The city had a long and hard fight to turn that effort back.  To a degree, that battle continues to this day.

Now it appears that there may be an effort to build a replacement to Lincoln Hills within Milwaukee County.  According to the article, there’s interest by the Executive’s office.

My request is simple.  Please put this issue on your agenda’s and do what you can to make certain that such a facility is not located within Franklin, a community already housing almost 2,000 criminals.

I’m always ready to talk about this or any other County issue.

Steve

Steve Olson

Mayor

City of Franklin

9229 W. Loomis Rd.

Franklin, Wi.  53132

O:  414-427-7529

The mayor referred to the City of Franklin’s last experience with the State wanting to provide a “facility” for convicted sexually violent persons. Here’s what I blogged about that in late 2008:

Franklin has been Wisconsin’s leader in the fight against sex offenders. It has had to be.

Not too long ago, busloads of Franklin residents stormed a public hearing at State Fair Park to protest a special state committee’s thought of building a facility in Franklin to house numerous sexually violent persons. Franklin was considered an ideal location, having the most open space in Milwaukee County.

The loud and strong stand by Franklin residents couldn’t be ignored. The special panel wrapped up its business without recommending any site in Milwaukee County for a sex predator house.

A flurry of activity ensued at the state Capitol. A key piece of legislation was approved and signed into law that killed funding for the facility for sexually violent persons and also disbanded the special committee assigned to find a location for the facility. Another bill signed into law makes first degree sexual assault of a child punishable by life in prison. Both bills were authored by Senator Mary Lazich.

Back to 2016.

Franklin, is it déjà vu all over again?

Are you willing to fight the good fight…again?

6 thoughts on “On a possible juvenile corrections facility, Franklin Mayor Olson plays prevent defense

  1. Supervisor Taylor has promptly replied to my e-mail noting that the current thought regarding a facility would be to rehab a facility not located in the City of Franklin. He will stay on top of the issue.

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