The Third Branch
Grant helps Milwaukee move ahead with evidence-based practices
The Milwaukee County Community Justice Council (MCCJC) has been approved to submit a formal application for up to $300,000 in technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance to continue development and implementation of evidence-based practices in the justice system.
Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers
"This award secures Milwaukee County's position as one of the leading jurisdictions in the development of evidence-based practices in the United States," said Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers, Milwaukee County Circuit Court. "Sound professional judgment has always been at the heart of any justice system. Research shows that when such judgment is augmented with the latest research it results in the best outcomes for victim safety, offender accountability and the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
The MCCJC is focusing on four areas for improvement: universal screening of all individuals booked in the County Correctional Center Central; mental health/crisis intervention training for police; diversion/deferred prosecutions; and dosage sentencing. The intended outcomes are that the system will become more effective, fair and efficient while improving public safety.
The MCCJC was established by Milwaukee County Board ordinance in 2007 to ensure a fair, efficient and effective justice system that enhances public safety and quality of life of the community.