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Federal authorities have been investigating Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls for nearly three years.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

A tactical team restrained a young woman incarcerated at a troubled Northwoods prison after she tried to cut herself with a plastic spoon, threw urine at prison staff and attempted to hang herself twice during the encounter, records show.

The incident underscores the ongoing challenges at Copper Lake School for Girls and its companion facility, Lincoln Hills School for Boys, which have been under criminal investigation for nearly three years. The institution also has been the subject of a wave of lawsuits, including one that has limited how the facility operates.

Records provided to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel outline two incidents — one with the suicidal inmate, another with two disruptive male inmates — that resulted in staff using force or pepper spray.