The Third Branch
New PPAC critical issues survey now live
By Bonnie MacRitchie, PPAC Policy Analyst
The survey that will help to shape planning priorities for 2014-16 is now available. Any court system employee who has not received a link to the survey and who wishes to participate may contact Bonnie MacRitchie at Bonnie.Macritchie@wicourts.gov or (608) 261-7550.
The survey is the tool used by the Planning Subcommittee of PPAC (the Supreme Court's Planning and Policy Advisory Committee) to solicit input from court-affiliated stakeholders. PPAC uses the input to identify priorities and develop a Critical Issues Report for consideration by the Supreme Court and Director of State Courts.
As in years past, the Planning Subcommittee extended invitations to complete the survey to internal and external stakeholder groups such as the Department of Corrections, Department of Justice, and members of the Legislature.
For 2012-14, four critical issues were identified for the court to prioritize: court funding, evidence-based practices, access to justice and public confidence. Significant progress has been made on one of these issues in particular: evidence-based practices. The following two action steps developed by the Planning Subcommittee are in the process of being completed:
The PPAC Effective Justice Strategies (EJS) Subcommittee should disseminate – and update annually – the inventory of offender service programs available to the courts. The inventory was contained in the "Effective Justice Strategies in Wisconsin: A Report of Findings and Recommendations" report.
PPAC and its EJS Subcommittee should collaborate with the Office of Judicial Education to train the judiciary, staff and system partners on applying evidence-based practices in criminal, juvenile, children's court and family court cases.
To complete these steps, the inventory of offender service programs will be distributed at the judicial district trainings this fall. Additionally, EJS, together with the Department of Corrections and Judicial Education, provided risk assessment (COMPAS) training for judges at the Wisconsin Association of Treatment Court Professionals (WATCP) Conference in April and at the Criminal Law and Sentencing Institute in May. The subcommittee will continue to educate on risk assessment as opportunities arise or requests are made.