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 of 2010. By way of the EBDM initiative, Milwuakee County has been able to make significant changes to the way the criminal justice system operates. Read below to learn more about the current status of the EBDM initiative, as well as successes over the past 5+ years.
EBDM: Milwaukee's Vision: By applying what the evidence tells us about what actually works in protecting the community and holding offenders accountable, Milwaukee County’s criminal justice system will make the smartest possible use of its limited resources, continuously improving its performance against quantifiable goals and reinvesting the savings in programs that reduce crime in the first place.
Mandy Potapenko, Director, Milwaukee Community Justice Council
Stephanie Garbo, Pretrial Services Manager, Courts
Policy Team Membership