Milwaukee Community Justice Council

Milwaukee Community Justice Council Initiatives

The Milwaukee Community Justice Council works collaboratively to accomplish things one organization cannot do alone.  Multi-agency initiatives create changes and improvements, to which ensure a fair, efficient and effective justice system.  Learn more about the Council's current initiatives below.

Criminal Justice Learning Series

This 6-week introductory learning series will explore the various aspects of Milwaukee County's criminal justice system. The initial learning series will create a space for 25 community members to gain a better understanding of their local criminal justice system. Participants will recieve introductory terminology and definitions, gain insight on how a case flows through the system, and have the opportunity to participate in open dialouge with system stakeholders. 

"Home to Stay" - Reentry Resource Fairs

Recognizing the unique challenges returning community members and their familes face following periods of incarceration and our commitment to ensuring a safe community for all, the Milwaukee Reentry Council, a subcommittee of the Milwaukee Community Justice Council, is leading a new initiative entitled "Home to Stay," a monthly, resource-rich event designed to support the unique needs of justice-involved persons, returning citizens and families impacted by incarceration.

MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge

The Safety and Justice Challenge represents a significant investment by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way local jurisdictions think about and use jails. Milwaukee County was among 11 communities selected to join the SJC Network in 2016.

National Institute of Corrections Evidence-Based Decision-Making Initiative

Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) is the practice of using research findings to inform and guide decisions across the justice system. Milwaukee County was selected to join the National Institute of Corrections Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative (EBDM) in August 2010.  

National Association of Counties (NACo) Data Driven Justice Initiative

In March of 2016, the Milwaukee Community Justice Council signed onto the Data-Driven Justice Initiative.  Read more about the initiative and a full list of resources can be found here.

Milwaukee Community Justice Council


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

Mandy Potapenko, Director

(414) 435-1250




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