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Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls have been the subject of a criminal investigation for three years.(Photo: Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON – Democrats and Republicans are rolling out plans to close Lincoln Hills School for Boys and open teen lockups around Wisconsin — some run by counties, some by the state.

The proposal is similar to one offered last month by GOP Gov. Scott Walker but departs from it in places. In the biggest shift, the plan proposed by Republicans and Democrats in the Assembly would put counties — instead of the state — in charge of some of the new facilities. 

The proposal, to be announced at a news conference Tuesday, comes as Republicans who control state government rush to wrap up the legislative session for the year. Leaders in the state Senate have not said if they back the Assembly plan for the troubled teen prison, which is the subject of multiple lawsuits and a three-year-old criminal investigation into prisoner abuse.