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Effective justice strategies

Effective Justice Strategies Subcommittee

The Effective Justice Strategies Subcommittee (EJS) is a multidisciplinary group of justice system professionals whose mission is to "explore and assess the effectiveness of policies and programs, including drug and other specialty courts, designed to improve public safety and reduce incarceration." Originally called Alternatives to Incarceration, the subcommittee was created in 2004 by the Wisconsin Court System's Policy Planning and Advisory Committee (PPAC) after PPAC identified the overcrowding of jails and prisons as critical issues to be addressed by the court system.

In 2012, working in partnership with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), EJS released Effective Justice Strategies in Wisconsin: A Report of Findings and Recommendations. This report provided recommendations for further advancing the subcommitteeÂ’s work, such as establishing a statewide criminal justice coordinating council, and creating full-time statewide problem-solving court coordinator and evidence-based practices coordinator positions, goals which have since been accomplished. EJS continues to study criminal justice practices and issues affecting the court system, develop resources, and make research-based recommendations for changes to the criminal justice system.

EJS current membership Adobe PDF
EJS Report to PPAC (February, 2017) Adobe PDF
The Third Branch; Winter/Spring 2017: Court staff play key role in collaborative approach to improving criminal justice system Adobe PDF
EJS Report to PPAC (March, 2015) Adobe PDF
PPAC Effective Justice Strategies Phase II Final Report: Progress and Accomplishments (2013) Adobe PDF
National Center for State Courts Report: Effective Justice Strategies in Wisconsin (2012) Adobe PDF
Best Practices for Record-keeping, Confidentiality and Ex Parte Information in Wisconsin treatment courts (2011) Adobe PDF

Collaborative problem-solving

Each year more Wisconsin counties develop collaborative teams to problem-solve around justice system and public safety issues in their communities. Generally known as collaborating councils, an effective collaborative team can bring about improvements and new initiatives that cannot be achieved by a single agency or organization (i.e. problem-solving courts, implementing risk assessment tools, community service programs, restorative justice, etc.). Collaborating councils provide the necessary foundation for communities to fully assess local criminal justice system needs and develop programming and practices responding to those needs. Judges play a critical role in collaborative teams by convening the appropriate justice system leaders and offering a unique perspective of the system and its impacts from an objective and neutral vantage point.

State Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (external link)
State Program Map (external link)
National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (external link)
Collaborative Justice (external link)

Current state collaborative initiatives

Problem-solving courts
TAD Program
NIC Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative
Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

For more information, contact Tommy Gubbin, special projects coordinator at (608) 261-0684.

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