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Opponents speak out against Hortonia juvenile detention facility plan

Posted at 11:19 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 12:41:30-04

TOWN OF HORTONIA, Wis. — People in Hortonia are speaking out against a plan to build a juvenile lock-up center. Governor Evers' administration announced that Hortonia was one of two locations picked for new juvenile lock-ups in the state.

Tuesday, local leaders said they had very little notice of the plan. Concerns include wildlife, home values, and whether or not the juvenile center would fit in with the area. Questions Tuesday night included what is next in the process.

"I realize it has to go someplace, but we just don't think it's right for the town of Hortonia," said Dennis Clegg. Clegg is the Supervisor for the town of Hortonia. "All the people I've talked to, all the citizens, they're all against it," Clegg said.

A representative from the Department of Corrections said they plan to have another public meeting about the issue. But the representative said Governor Evers has already chosen the Hortonia location for the project.