Milwaukee Community Justice Council

Milwaukee Community Justice Council

Executive Committee

Overview and Purpose

The Milwaukee Community Justice Council (MCJC), created by Milwaukee County Board resolution in 2007, is made up of Milwaukee-area criminal justice agencies and local governments working collaboratively to ensure a fair, efficient, and effective justice system that enhances public safety and quality of life in our community. The Council is governed by an Executive Committee of named leadership from key government organizations.

The CJC functions as an independent entity governed by key justice system leaders and is empowered to:

- define broad justice system goals

- monitor/analyzes justice system performance

- facilitate collaboration among justice system partners to enhance performance

- provide technical assistance to ensure adhearance to evidence-based principles

- act as a conduit between the justice system and the larger community

All without impacting the autonomy or decision-making authority of any criminal justice system agency. (Adopted 3/19/2014). 

Named Committee Members
Carl Ashley (Chair) Chief Judge, First Judicial District (Milwaukee County)
Thomas Reed (Vice-Chair) Vice-Chair, Regional Attorney Manager, Wisconsin State Public Defender
David Crowley County Executive, Milwaukee County
John Chisholm District Attorney, Milwaukee County
Denita Ball Sheriff, Milwaukee County
Anna Hodges Clerk of Circuit Court, Milwaukee County
Willie Johnson, Jr. Board Representative, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
Cavalier Johnson Mayor, City of Milwaukee
Jeffrey Norman Police Chief, City of Milwaukee
Niel Thoreson Regional Chief, Wisconsin Department of Corrections - Community Corrections
Gregory Haanstad US Attorney, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Constance Kostelac Director, Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission and DataShare
Walter Lanier Community Member Representative
Chantell Jewell Superintendent, Milwaukee County Community Reintegration Center
Shakita LaGrant-McClain Director, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services
Margaret Daun Corporation Counsel, Milwaukee County
Phil Chavez Presiding Judge, City of Milwaukee Municipal Court
Anna Hodges Clerk of Circuit Court (*added April 2023)


** All meeting information can be found here **

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Milwaukee Community Justice Council


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

Mandy Potapenko, Director

(414) 435-1250




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