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July 14, 2021 - Milwaukee County Joins Behavioral Health-Focused Expansion of Local Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

Milwaukee County joins ten other communities in a collaborative effort to maximize learning about how to advance behavioral health reform and diversion across the criminal justice system


February 9, 2021 - Milwaukee County Awarded New Funding from MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge to Rethink Local Justice System

By way of the Milwaukee Community Justice Council, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge has awarded Milwaukee County $1.34 million to continue building on efforts to rethink the local criminal justice system, prevent unnecessary jail use, and eliminate racial inequities.


December 18, 2019 - Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Since joining the Safety & Justice Challenge (SJC) Network, the CJC and system stakeholders have implemented various strategies to address over-reliance on the local jail. MacArthur Foundation also encourages SJC sites to take a deeper look at racial and ethnic disparities in the system.


July 12th, 2019 - Milwaukee Reentry Council and DWD Launch Initiative to Support Reentry Success

Home to Stay is a monthly resource-rich event to support the unique challenges individuals and their families face when returning to the community from periods of incarceration. Following the First Wednesdays model from Lucas County, Ohio, Home to Stay occurs the first Wednesday of every month from 11am-2pm. Home to Stay brings together employers and resource providers covering a wide range of services for successful reentry.


June 26th, 2019 - Creating an Intentional Plan for Meaningful Community Engagement

Authentic, meaningful community engagement is a long-term process, not a one-time event. It requires intentionality, time, trust and relationship-building. Over the course of time, the CJC has created opportunities for diverse perspectives to be shared and heard, and has worked to ensure collaborative, transparent decision-making processes around criminal justice policy and practice.


May 27th, 2019 - Milwaukee County Courts Introduce Trauma Curriculum and Workgroup to be Trauma Responsive

In February 2017, Policy Research Inc (PRI) led two train-the-trainer sessions, equipping 30 representatives from the behavioral health and criminal justice systems with the material and skills to train their peers. Training topics include basic facts about trauma and its effects, how trauma manifests itself, as well as the concepts of trauma-informed responses and systems.


April 29th, 2019 - Meet Erik S.: A Peer Support Specialist with Justice Point

In honor of April being Second Chance Month, CJC Community Engagement Coordinator, Dakota Crowell, interviewed Erik to share his story about his return to the community.


March 25th, 2019 - Behavioral Health and Police Collaborate on Crisis Assessment Response Teams

The interactions between police and individuals with mental health concerns have become increasingly entangled. For example, police officers are often the first contact for social services for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Training officers on how to approach these crisis situations is critical to ensure safety for the individual in crisis, the involved officers, and the larger community.


January 30th, 2019 - MacArthur Foundation's Safety & Justice Challenge Phase III Announcement

By way of the Milwaukee Community Justice Council, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge has awarded Milwaukee County $2.3 million in recognition of the promise of work to date and to support the county's continued progress over the next two years. With this grant, Milwaukee County will advance multiple strategies aimed at reducing unnecessary use of the local jail and strengthening community engagement.


Milwaukee Community Justice Council


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

Mandy Potapenko, Director

(414) 435-1250




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