The Milwaukee Community Justice Council 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 Justice Council is chaired by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers.
"The purpose of the Justice Council 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 Justice Council Executive Committee on March 19, 2014.
Who Is In Wisconsin State Prisons?
On January 28, 2015, Tony Streveler, Wisconsin Department of Corrections Director of Research and Policy, presented data on the state prison population. Yearly trends, types of offenses, recidivism rates, demographic data, how Milwaukee County compares to the rest of the state, and other important information were included. A copy of the powerpoint presented is available here.
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.
Milwaukee County Early Intervention Programs
Milwaukee was one of seven cities across 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). The CJC Executive Committee oversaw a rigorous technical process that culminated in the creation of the Milwaukee County Early Intervention Programs, a set of programs that enable the system 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. For an overview of the Early Interventions Programs, including eligibility requirements, 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 Justice Council hosts a public meeting at the Clinton Rose Senior Center to discuss important criminal justice topics. In the most recent meeting, Tony Streveler, Wisconsin Department of Corrections Director of Research and Policy, presented data on the state prison population that can be found here. To view past meetings, visit the Justice Council Work Groups page.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22 from 9:30am to 11:00am.
Future 2015 Meetings: September 23, December 2.