Work Groups

Data Analysis & Information Committee 

Focused on information sharing across multiple agencies and organizations, the Data committee works to gain a comprehensive look into our current system by accessing decision points through data analysis on where the System can look to improve.

Initiatives - 1) Identify the general information needs of the Council and its committees. 2) Investigate ways and means to create the infrastructure, which can provide that information on a regular basis. 3) Identify and create systems that can provide information on an ad hoc basis as requested by the council.

Chair: Mallory O’Brien Email: 

Meeting Date:  Fourth Monday of the month at 8:30AM in the Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 609

2014 Meeting Dates: 

January 27th
April 28th
July 28th
October 27th
February 24th May 26th August 25th
November 24th
March 24th
June 23rd
September 29th
December 22nd


Jail & Huber Utilization Committee

Jail and Huber committee members are focused on establishing sustainable diversion, alternative and inmate programs as well as developing and implementing a quantifiable reduction in incarceration levels consistent with public safety goals.

Initiative - Examine how the Detention facilities are being used and by whom, by focusing on both defendant and offender characteristics including demographics, residence, criminal conduct and criminal history.

Chair: Tom Reed Email:

Meeting Date: Third Monday of the month at 8:00 AM in the Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 609.

2014 Meeting Dates: 

January 20th
April 21st
July 21st
October 20th
February 20th May 19th August 18th
November 17th
March 17th June 16th
September 22nd December 15th


Juvenile Justice Committee

Identify the issues relating to juvenile justice and examine current successful processes that might be relevant for the adult system and vice versa.

Initiatives - 1) Improve cross-systems information sharing, specifically this would target the juvenile court's largest school district (MPS) and would look to improve the sharing of information with MPD regarding youth identified as high risk while maintaining matters of confidentiality 2) Explore and pilot Balanced Restorative Justice practices within the juvenile justice system 3) Explore and pilot the concept of referring parental truancy prosecutions to the Juvenile Court if the youth is identified to be involved in either a CHIPS, Delinquency or JIPS matter. This would support the effectiveness and efficiency of the One Family, One Judge, One Court Model.

 Chair: Tom Wanta Email:


Programs & Interventions Committee  

Adding to our EBDM (Evidence Based Decision Making) efforts, this committees work is data driven and requires collaborative efforts to share information among various agencies. The EBDM initiative also will require efforts to engage the public in dialogue about why an evidence-based approach is better and more cost-effective for our system. 

Initiative - Explore ways of deterring initial entrance into the criminal justice system & Identify ways to reduce criminal recidivism and victimization by researching efficient and cost-effective alternative programs and processes for defendants and offenders in Milwaukee County.

Co - Chairs: Holly Szablewski Email: & Kit Mcnally Email:

Meeting Date:  First Thursday of the month at 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM in the Milwaukee County Courthouse Room 609.

2014 Meeting Dates: 

January 2nd April 3rd
July 3rd
October 2nd
February 6th
May 1st
August 7th
November 6th
March 6th June 5th
September 4th
December 4th


Public Health Committee

 The Public Health Committee collaborates with community support to address issues among drug and alcohol addiction, mental health, firearm violence, and emergency medicine.

Initiatives - 1) To coordinate the activities currently underway among a variety of criminal justice system agencies, Universities, County funded programs like BHD, & public and private Hospitals. We would hope to identify areas where collaboration can be effective. 2) We have an important role to be a clearinghouse for representatives of the entities listed above and the community to track current developments, share information and provide a vehicle for meaningful discussion across institutional and professional boundaries.  3) We would like to find partners to work with the Community Justice Council to deepen our understanding through research informed efforts.  Recently our group has sought guidance to better understand the role trauma plays in the lives of defendants in criminal cases.

Co - Chairs: Tom Reed Email: & Terry Perry Email:

Meeting Date:  Last Monday of the month at 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM in The Violence Prevention Initiative Offices at 1801 N. Martin Luther King Drive.


Public Outreach & Education Committee

The mission of the Public Outreach Committee is to become a conduit for information to the public about the activities and proposals of the Council as well as
convene community information sessions to gain feedback on matters of concern to the public.

Initiatives - 1) Educate the public about initiatives, programs and services supported by the Council. 2) Identify community concerns that are related to the responsibilities of the Council. 3) Prepare a detailed, proactive public relations plan that will promote Council activities and initiatives.

Chair: Andrea Johnson Email:

Meeting Date:  Fourth Tuesday of the month from 12:15 - 1:15PM at the Milwaukee County Courthouse Room 609.

2014 Meeting Dates:

January 23rd
April 24th
July 24th
October 23rd
February 27th
May 22nd
August 28th
November 27th
March 28th
June 26th
September 28th
December 18th


Re-Entry Committee

(Added by full Council on September 22, 2010)

 This committee works to investigate several areas of improvement including the need to identify the current providers to the reentry community, emphasize the need for mapping (listing the resources and the offenders), integrate data systems and screening tools used to facilitate reentry efforts, identify gaps where we need additional resources, and coordinate and evaluate these efforts.

Chair: Jose Hernandez Email: