Work Groups


Community Engagement Committee

The mission of the Community Engagement Committee is to help facilitate effective communication between the Council and the community at large. This committee is responsible for seeking public input and identifying ideas and concerns that the community has with the criminal justice system. This committee is also responsible for educating the public about initiatives, programs, and services supported by the Council. By engaging the community, this committee plays an essential role in furthering the mission of the Justice Council, which is to work collaboratively to ensure a fair, efficient, and effective justice system that enhances public safety and quality of life in our community.

Co - Chairs: Nichole Todd Yunk & Kit McNally
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 
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
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
Mental Health Committee
Created in September 2013, the Mental Health Committee is tasked with improving the justice system’s handling of those with behavioral health issues. Its goal is to prevent unnecessary criminal justice involvement of those with behavioral health issues and to improve the treatment of those who do go through the system. Made up of criminal justice agency representatives, behavioral health professionals, and mental health advocates, the Mental Health Committee uses data driven strategies to identify the group of individuals in our community at greatest risk of cycling between these systems and utilizes interagency collaboration to encourage immediate, ethical, and efficient system responses to those individuals.
Co - Chairs: Tom Reed & Kent Lovern     
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 & Kit McNally
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 & Terry Perry

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