PolitiFact Wisconsin: Confinement in WI youth prison

Posted at 6:30 PM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 19:30:38-04

A lawsuit raised questions about the use of solitary confinement for Wisconsin teens at the state's Lincoln Hills youth prison.

PolitiFact Wisconsin checks a claim that the Unabomber has less restrictive confinement.
"Lincoln Hills has been an ongoing story for more than a year here," said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In June, Federal Judge James Peterson caught a lot of people's attention with not only his sweeping decision to curb the use of solitary confinement at Lincoln Hills - but also, for what he said.
"He said that Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber has a less restrictive confinement than the youth at Lincoln Hills," Borowski said.
Yup, that Ted Kaczynski. The guy serving a life sentence at the supermax prison in Colorado for his deadly letter and bomb attacks.
PolitiFact Wisconsin looked at court documents from the Lincoln Hills case and compared them to Kaczynski's cell conditions.

"He actually does far better than the youth here who are in solitary confinement," Borowski said, "he has more time outside of his cell, his cell has a TV."
PolitiFact Wisconsin says the judge's ruling required Lincoln Hills to give youth more out of cell time but there is one caveat to his Unabomber statement.
" We felt like it wasn't true for everybody at Lincoln Hills but for those in solitary confinement that he was speaking of, it was true," Borowski said. "We rated this mostly true."