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Community forum focuses on ideas to improve justice system

Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, was among five presenters at a recent Community Brainstorming Conference Breakfast Forum in Milwaukee. Seated to the left of Kremers are reserve Judge Russell W. Stamper Jr., who served as moderator; Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm; First Assistant State Public Defender Thomas Reed; Judge Carl Ashley; and Michael Williams, an assistant regional chief at the state Department of Corrections.
Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, was among five presenters at a recent Community Brainstorming Conference Breakfast Forum in Milwaukee. Seated to the left of Kremers are reserve Judge Russell W. Stamper Jr., who served as moderator; Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm; First Assistant State Public Defender Thomas Reed; Judge Carl Ashley; and Michael Williams, an assistant regional chief at the state Department of Corrections.

Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, discussed several evidence-based practices implemented in Milwaukee County during a presentation at the Community Brainstorming Conference Breakfast Forum held May 24 at St. Matthew C.M.E. Church in Milwaukee.

Kremers outlined drug courts and initial screening programs aimed at detecting underlying issues arrested suspects may face, such as drug or alcohol abuse or mental health issues.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covered the forum and quoted Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Carl Ashley as saying the programs are necessary because "the reality is what we've been doing has not been successful, and it's creating more harm… We have this cycle of dysfunction. How do we break that cycle? I have to tell you, the judicial system is at the tail end. We can only do so much," he said. "But the research tells us you are more effective in changing someone's behavior outside of a correctional facility than inside."

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