Milwaukee Community Justice Council


Race, Equity and Procedural Justice Committee

Working to advance racial equity and procedural justice in Milwaukee's criminal justice system through collaboration

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  • Past Events and Conference Information

Members of the Race, Equity, and Procedural Justice Committee are excited to announce its next Book Club Event on August 18, 2022, at 5:30 pm, at America's Black Holocaust Musem - 401 W North Avenue.


Milwaukee County Courts:

Judge Carl Ashley (Chair)

Judge Brittany Grayson

Judge Cynthia Davis

Judge Danielle Shelton

Judge Mary Triggiano

Judge Jeffrey Kremers (ret.)

Stephanie Garbo


Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office

John Chisholm

Jeffrey Altenburg

Kelly Hedge


Milwaukee Community Justice Council:

Mandy Potapenko

Erin Perkins

Jarvell Williams (MU Trinity Fellow)


Public Defenders Office:

Tom Reed

Katie Holtz

Dawn Rablin

Paige Styler


Milwaukee Police Department:

Captain Timothy Leitzke

Nick DeSiato


Milwaukee County House of Correction:

Superintendent Chantel Jewell


Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office:

Douglas Holton, Jr.


Wisconsin Department of Corrections:

Tejuana King

Niel Thoreson

Dionna Clemmons


Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs:

Jeff Roman


US Attorney's Office:

Ken Gales


Community Partners:

Sharlen Moore (Urban Underground)

Geraud Blanks (Milwaukee Film)

The War on Neighborhoods – Ryan Lugalia-Holton

America’s Original Sin – Jim Wallis

Tears We Cannot Stop – Michael Eric Dyson

White Rage – Carol Anderson

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

The Law of Color, by Richard Rothstein

Between the Wold and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

Biased, by Jennifer Eberhardt

How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow: mass Incarceration in the age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

These Truths, by Jill Lepore

The Serving Leader, by Ken Jennings

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Solitary, by Albert Woodfox

Message to the Black Man in America, by Elijah Muhammad

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Evicted, by Matthew Desmond

Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, by Nell Burnstein

An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicaho, by Alex Kotlowitz


April 8, 2022 - Conference - “Making our Community Safer & Reducing Mass Incarceration through a Restorative Justice Lens” - Event Flyer | Day of Event Agenda with Bios

February 3, 2022 - Book Club - "Until We Reckon," by Danielle Sered - Virtual Event




February 28, 2020 - Conference - "Advancing Racial Equity in Milwaukee's Justice System"



August 13, 2019 - Book Club - "Locking Up Our Own Crime and Punishment in Black America," by James Forman Jr.

March 1, 2019 - Conference - "White Privilege," play + Discussions


October 4, 2018 - Special Event - Racial Inequality, Poverty, and the Criminal Justice System at Marquette University Law School

Featured Speaker: Bruce Western.  Flyer


October 27, 2017 - Conference - The Impact of Race in the Criminal Justice System

Featured Speakers: Cecilia Klingle, Michael O'Hear, Lawrence Berger, Reggie Jackson, Lois Quinn


October 14, 2016 - Conference - The Impact of Race in the Criminal Justice System

Featured Speakers: John Chisholm, Adam Foss, Glenn Martin, and Jeff Robinson


October 2015 - Conference

"The Science of Implicit Bias"- Law School Dean L. Song Richardson and Attorney Jeffrey Robinson, Director ACLU Center for Justice

"The Science of Trauma" - Tim Grove, Chief Clinical Officer at Saint A’s and Judge Mary Triggiano

“The Culture of policing in the 21st Century” - Sue Rahr, Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

“Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) a pre-booking, community-based practice” - Lisa Daugaard, Director of the Public Defender Association


October 2014 - Conference - The Shared History of Racial Division in America by Attorney Jeffrey Robinson, Director ACLU Center for Justice


Milwaukee Community Justice Council


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

Mandy Potapenko, Director

(414) 435-1250




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