Milwaukee Community Justice Council

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News articles, press releases, and other communications on CJC efforts


Photos: MPD gives report on current crime trends and response at meeting | Posted: December 2, 2015

The Milwaukee Community Justice Council presented a report by officials on current crime trends and the response. Every other month, the Justice Council hosts a public meeting to discuss criminal justice topics. The topic Wednesday was "A Collaborative Response to Crime and Violence in the Community - Part 1 - Criminal Justice Leaders".

The National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils has Grown! - Justice Management Institute

NACo: Case Study - County Jails at a Crossroads - Milwaukee County, WI | Posted: July 2015

Milwaukee County Wins MacArthur Foundation Support to Reduce the Use of Jails | Posted: May 27, 2015

Fourth Street Forum, Caring for People with Mental Illness: Can't We Do Better? Part 1 | Posted: February 13, 2015

County Executive Chris Abele, a member of the Justice Council Executive Committee, and Nate Holton, Justice Council Director, recently appeared on Fourth Street Forum to discuss the issue of mental illness.

Milwaukee County vets released from prisons to get care packages | Posted: February 10, 2015 by Meg Jones

Veterans returning to Milwaukee County after being released from Wisconsin prisons will get care packages and the opportunity to meet with agencies to help them transition back into the community. 

Milwaukee County Court Succeeds in Helping Vets Overcome Addiction | Posted: January 20, 2015 by Erin Toner

The Milwaukee County Veterans Treatment Court  is a specialized court that works to help vets overcome addiction.


Sen. Lena Taylor Discusses Racial Disparities In Milwaukee | Posted: December 5, 2014 by Veronica Rueckert

Wisconsin State Senator went on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss the Justice Council's December 3rd event on the impact of race in the criminal justice system. She applauded the large and diverse turnout and credited the Justice Council for sponsoring the important dialogue.

Overflow crowd gathers for discussion of racial issues in Milwaukee | Posted: December 3, 2014 by Gina Barton

The Milwaukee Community Justice Council hosted a packed event to discuss race in the criminal justice system. Justice Council Chair and Milwaukee County Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers gave a presentation on subconscious bias and racial disparities in the criminal justice system. He also provided local statistics, including a demonstration that the number of individuals in Milwaukee County sentenced to prison for drug offenses has fallen some 50% since 2007. 

Rise above politics in healing Milwaukee neighborhoods, group urges | Posted: December 2, 2014 by Ashley Luthern

The Milwaukee Community Justice Council was among a number of sponsors of a day-long summit at the Italian Community Center that focused on the converging visions of public health, community development, and criminal justice. In speaking about Milwaukee's neighborhoods, Chief Flynn stated that "we know that the relationships between public health, literally and figuratively, and policing and economic development must be intrinsic if these neighborhoods are going to have a chance to survive or improve."

“This training has given us more tools:” Milwaukee Police members complete CIT class | Posted: November 21, 2014 by Derica Williams

Milwaukee police officers go through Crisis Intercention Training that focuses on giving them the skills they need to properly and delicately interact with someone dealing with a mental health crisis.

How Milwaukee Went "Soft" On Crime  | Posted: November 10, 2014 by Erik Gunn

But what makes Milwaukee stand out is not just that crime has fallen—that’s happened everywhere—but that it has done so in a town where 28 percent of the population falls below the poverty level, far, far above the national average, and where conventional wisdom has it that the entrenched problems that go along with such long-lasting economic deprivation make it much harder to do anything about crime.

Milwaukee County Mental Health Court Helps Defendants Hew to Successful Path  | Posted: October 24, 2014 by Meg Kissinger

Milwaukee Courthouse Virtually Closed For Racial Disparity Discussion   | Posted: October 17, 2014 by Bruce Vielmetti

Criminal Justice Leaders Praise New Practices in Milwaukee County  | Posted: May 24, 2014 by Annysa Johnson


Update on Pretrial Enhancements  | Posted: July 24, 2013

Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers and Judicial Review Coordinator, Holly Szablewski have provided an update on Milwaukee County’s Universal Screening program. The presentation will include a refresher on why Milwaukee County adopted an evidence-based decision making process, an overview of the development of the Milwaukee County Pretrial Risk Assessment Instrument (Praxis), and a presentation of demographic and available outcome indicator data.

Evidence-Based Decision Making: The Increasing Use of Research in our Criminal Justice System | Posted: July 11, 2013 Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog

Wisconsin is at the forefront of the trend towards the introduction of EBDM into the criminal justice systems.

Enforcement, Others to Share Notes on Repeat Juvenile Offenders | Posted: August 15, 2012 by Steve Schultze

Police, prosecutors, corrections workers and perhaps school and mental health officials will soon meet to share notes on 81 Milwaukee-area juvenile offenders in an effort to thwart future crime. Police, prosecutors, corrections workers and perhaps school and mental health officials will soon meet to share notes on 81 Milwaukee-area juvenile

NIC Report - Jail Population Study

In 2006, Milwaukee County asked the assistance of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to assess the causes of crowding in the county’s two correctional centers – the Central Jail Facility (CJF) and the House of Corrections (HOC). Among the many recommendations of the NIC report was that the county should conduct a jail population analysis to get a better idea of how these two facilities are being used. As a result of that recommendation, the Milwaukee County Circuit Court and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office contracted with the Pretrial Justice Institute for a jail population analysis, looking at inmates in the two facilities. The purpose of the jail population analysis was to provide system officials with specific details regarding the use of these facilities as a prelude to broader system wide strategic planning.

A jail population analysis answers simple questions.  Who is in the jail?  How do they leave? How long do they stay?  A jail population analysis is a necessary step in developing effective jail population management strategies? READ FULL NIC REPORT 

NIC Report - Milwaukee Community Justice Council

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) conducted an assessment on the progress and direction of the Milwaukee Community Justice Council and made recommendations for further enhancements and development.  Click on link to read report. READ NIC REPORT

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