The Milwaukee Community Justice Council works collaboratively to accomplish things one organization cannot do alone.  Multi-agency initiatives create changes and improvements, which speaks to the Council's mission of working to ensure a fair, efficient and effective justice system.  In it's short existence, the Council has been successful in implementing a number of criminal justice reforms and continues to be committed to expanding these efforts.


Dosage Probation

In 2014, through Milwaukee's work in the Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Initiative, a multidisciplinary team of criminal justice stakeholders in Milwaukee County (i.e., courts, corrections, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation, and treatment) has designed the first dosage probation experiment. Probationers will be sentenced to a period of “dosage probation,” with the opportunity to earn early termination from supervision by accomplishing riskreducing objectives.  Learn more by clicking here.

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.

MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge

April 13, 2016 – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced a $2 million grant to Milwaukee County to implement reforms to safely reduce Milwaukee’s jail population and address racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system. Milwaukee County is one of 11 jurisdictions in the country chosen to receive significant funding and access to expert technical assistance to implement a plan for reform over the next two years. In total, nearly $25 million was awarded in support of ambitious plans to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country.  Click here to learn more

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.

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

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI):

For more Information click on the Links below:

U.S Department of Justice Letter

Bureau of Justice Assistance 

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