Milwaukee Community Justice Council
The Milwaukee Community Justice Council (CJC) is an umbrella organization made up of Milwaukee-area criminal justice agencies and local governments. Its mission is to work collaboratively to ensure a fair, efficient, and effective justice system that enhances public safety and quality of life in our community. It is governed by an Executive Committee made up representatives of each participating organization. The CJC is chaired by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers.
"The purpose of the CJC is to function as an independent entity governed by key justice system leaders that is empowered to define broad justice system goals, monitor/analyze justice system performance, facilitate collaboration among justice system performance, provide technical assistance and research, and act as a conduit between the justice system and the larger community without impacting in any way the autonomy or decision-making authority of any criminal justice system agency" - Adopted by the CJC Executive Committee on March 19, 2014.
Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Program
Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) programs provide District Attorneys or judges with options to offer offenders the opportunity to enter into voluntary substance abuse treatment, case management, and other risk reduction services as a safe alternative to jail or prison confinement. Click here for the latest report of participant outcomes and cost-benefit analysis from 2007-2013.
Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM)
Milwaukee is one of seven cities accross the United States chosen to participate in the Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Initiatives (EBDMI) an opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (NIC), and the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). This is a technical assistance award. An update on this initiative is provided at each Council meeting. Milwaukee's commitment to the discipline of EBDM will enable us to hold offenders accountable, reduce the overall crime rate and recidivism, and give tax payers a better return on the dollars they invest in the criminal justice system. Currently, Milwaukee is in phase three of this initiative. Click here to learn more about Evidence-Based Decision Making. Click here for an overview of EBDM in Milwaukee, and our Harm Reduction Goals.
To learn more about Wisconsin's two federal grants, click here
Universal Screening Project (Established a 24-hour Jail Screening Program)
Under the direction of the Community Justice Council Executive Committee, a 24-hour jail screening program was developed by the "Universal Screening Work Group." The Universal Screening work group diligently researched and prepared a comprehensive proposal outlining the potential costs and benefits of a 24-hour jail screening program within the Milwaukee County Jail (County Correctional Facility - Central). The program is designed to determine the risk and needs level of individuals entering the jail. Information obtained in the screening process will be used to identify, as early as possible, those individuals who may be suitable for diversion and/or other alternatives to incarceration.
To view the Jail Screening Proposal, click here
Community Justice Council Meeting of the Whole
Every other month, the Community Justice Council hosts a public meeting at the Clinton Rose Senior Center to discuss important criminal justice topics. In the last meeting, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections, Region Three (Milwaukee County) led a discussion on the Supervision, Treatment, Reentry Strategies, & Future Approaches Related to Sex Offenders & The Sex Offender Registry Program. A copy of the powerpoint is available here.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3 from 9:30am to 11:00am. The CJC will be discussing racial issues within the criminal justice system.