Milwaukee Community Justice Council

Frequently Asked Questions

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  What is a criminal justice coordinating council?

Dating back to the 1970's, criminal justice coordinating councils (CJCCs) have been created by local governments across the Country to bring together criminal justice leadership and local government stakeholders, breaking down the historically siloed agencys and increasing collaboration.

  What is the benefit of having a criminal justice coordinating council?

Why is it important to collaborate in the justice system?  We think the Center for Effective Public Policy provides a great overview here.

  What does a criminal justice coordinating council do?

CJCCs across the country serve and operate in similar but very ways.  Milwaukee's Community Justice Council focuses on working collaboratively to ensure a fair, efficient and effective criminal justice system that enhances public safety and quality of life in our community.

  Where can I learn more about criminal justice coordinating councils?
  Are Milwaukee Community Justice Council meetings open to the public?

Yes, standing committee meetings are open to the public; however, some require working knowledge of criminal justice system processes, procedures and policies.  If you are interested in attending, reach out to Council Director, Mandy Potapenko, in advance of your attendance for meeting details and relevant materials.  In addition to committee meetings, the Milwaukee Community Justice Council hosts bi-monthly, community-oriented meetings as a way to share information, receive feedback, and engage in collaboartive priority setting.  Information on Community Meetings of the Whole can be found here.

  Where can I learn more about how the criminal justice system works?
  How does the process work?

Flow charts demonstrate the typical path from the time a crime is reported through the completion of a defendent's sentincing 


Source: Wisconsin Department of Justice

Milwaukee Community Justice Council


633 West Wisconsin Avenue - Suite 409, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203

Mandy Potapenko, Director

(414) 435-1250




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