(Milwaukee, WI) — Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into law that will close a northern Wisconsin youth facility and reform juvenile corrections in the state. The 80-million-dollar package was approved this week in special session. Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake school will be closed by January of 2021. The plan calls for a number of smaller, regional youth centers to be built across Wisconsin. Offenders facing less serious charges would also be housed in a number of county-run facilities. The Department of Corrections will also build a number of extra beds at the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center in Madison. Speaker Robin Vos says the “Wisconsin Model” for juvenile corrections is bipartisan in every sense of the word and will make a difference in the lives of many youth offenders.