Friday, December 15th

Razor wire tops one of the fences at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls in Irma.(Photo: Dan Young / Daily Herald Media, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON – Prosecutors will have difficulty pursuing criminal charges in at least one incident uncovered in the wide-ranging investigation into the state’s troubled juvenile prison, Attorney General Brad Schimel said.

The Republican attorney general also raised concerns about limits a federal judge has put on Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, which share a campus 30 miles north of Wausau. Schimel said it is “dangerous” for courts to put restrictions on prison operations.

Schimel declined to provide details about a criminal case at the prison complex his office is handling, but signaled it was stalled because of difficulties working with one or more juvenile inmates who witnessed or alleged abuse.

“I just don’t want to come off as being critical of the youth that were there for their levels of participation in an investigation,” Schimel said in an interview.