Posted on this page are articles of interest to the general public and the law enforcement community involving activities and projects of the Milwaukee Community Justice Council

How Milwaukee Went "Soft" On Crime  | Posted: November 10, 2014 by Erik Gunn

But what makes Milwaukee stand out is not just that crime has fallen—that’s happened everywhere—but that it has done so in a town where 28 percent of the population falls below the poverty level, far, far above the national average, and where conventional wisdom has it that the entrenched problems that go along with such long-lasting economic deprivation make it much harder to do anything about crime.

Milwaukee County Mental Health Court Helps Defendants Hew to Successful Path  | Posted: October 24, 2014 by Meg Kissinger

Milwaukee Courthouse Virtually Closed For Racial Disparity Discussion   | Posted: October 17, 2014 by Bruce Vielmetti

Criminal Justice Leaders Praise New Practices in Milwaukee County  | Posted: May 24, 2014 by Annysa Johnson

Update on Pretrail Enhancements  | Posted: July 24, 2013
Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers and Judicial Review Coordinator, Holly Szablewski have provided an update on Milwaukee County’s Universal Screening program. The presentation will include a refresher on why Milwaukee County adopted an evidence-based decision making process, an overview of the development of the Milwaukee County Pretrial Risk Assessment Instrument (Praxis), and a presentation of demographic and available outcome indicator data.

Evidence-Based Decision Making: The Increasing Use of Research in our Criminal Justice System | Posted: July 11, 2013 Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog
Wisconsin is at the forefront of the trend towards the introduction of EBDM into the criminal justice systems.

Enforcement, Others to Share Notes on Repeat Juvenile Offenders | Posted: August 15, 2012 by Steve Schultze
Police, prosecutors, corrections workers and perhaps school and mental health officials will soon meet to share notes on 81 Milwaukee-area juvenile offenders in an effort to thwart future crime. Police, prosecutors, corrections workers and perhaps school and mental health officials will soon meet to share notes on 81 Milwaukee-area juvenile

NIC Report - Jail Population Study

In 2006, Milwaukee County asked the assistance of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to assess the causes of crowding in the county’s two correctional centers – the Central Jail Facility (CJF) and the House of Corrections (HOC). Among the many recommendations of the NIC report was that the county should conduct a jail population analysis to get a better idea of how these two facilities are being used. As a result of that recommendation, the Milwaukee County Circuit Court and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office contracted with the Pretrial Justice Institute for a jail population analysis, looking at inmates in the two facilities. The purpose of the jail population analysis was to provide system officials with specific details regarding the use of these facilities as a prelude to broader system wide strategic planning.

A jail population analysis answers simple questions.  Who is in the jail?  How do they leave? How long do they stay?  A jail population analysis is a necessary step in developing effective jail population management strategies? READ FULL NIC REPORT 

NIC Report - Milwaukee Community Justice Council

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) conducted an assessment on the progress and direction of the Community Justice Council (CJC) and made recommendations for further enhancements and development.  Click on link to read report. READ NIC REPORT