Wisconsin Effective JusticeStrategiesin Legislative Council Symposium on Effective Criminal Justice Strategies March 21, 2007
Wisconsin communities are interested in effective justice strategies that … • promote public safety, • reduce costs, incarceration and recidivism, • address criminal and addictive behaviors.
Why are Effective Justice Strategies Important? • Escalating costs of prisons, jails and overall criminal justice system • Overcrowding of prisons and jails • Increased accountability and the need to effectively manage limited resources • Impact on the family and community
Criminal Justice Collaborating Councils • Organizing a local Criminal Justice Collaborating Council (CJCC) is an important first step in developing effective justice strategies. • CJCC is a forum for local justice system professionals and community leaders to come together and focus on justice system improvements and initiatives.
Criminal Justice Collaborating Councils • Structure, title, size, and makeup of these groups is determined locally and dependent on the need and circumstances of the local community. • Important players include: Judge - Sheriff - County Board member - County Executive/Administrator - County Human Services - Corrections - Public Defender - District Attorney - Clerk of Courts, …
Criminal Justice Collaborating Councilsin Wisconsin • Currently, there are more than 23 formal and informal CJCC’s operating in Wisconsin. (handout) • Eau Claire County’s experience • CJCC Directory Link http://www.wicourts.gov/about/organization/programs/altcouncil.htm
Criminal Justice Collaborating Councils • CJCC’s are the foundation for developing effective justice strategies such as drug courts and other problem solving practices in the justice system. • State level collaboration and support is necessary. • Legislators can play an important role in these collaborations.
Problem Solving Courtsin Wisconsin (handout) • 11 Adult Drug Courts • 2 Alcohol/OWI Courts • 1 Juvenile Drug Court • More than 35 Teen and Peer Courts • Eau Claire County Drug Court Experience • Online Directory Link http://www.wicourts.gov/about/organization/programs/altproblemsolving.htm
Other Wisconsin Practices • OWI Intensive Supervision • Day Report Centers • Electronic Monitoring • Restorative Justice Programming • Bail Monitoring • Home Detention • Community Service Programs • Treatment Alternative and Diversion (TAD) • AIM
Assess, Inform, Measure (AIM) Project(handout) Project of the court system’s Effective Justice Strategies subcommittee… Goals: • More information to judges prior to sentencing (risk, needs, responsivity and community assessment). • Blending known ‘best practices’ to information provided to the court for decision-making • Providing information back to court about outcomes of individual.
Assess, Inform, Measure (AIM) Project • Five pilot counties: • Eau Claire • La Crosse • Iowa • Portage • Marathon • Varying target populations • No funding, but local commitment
Role of the Legislatureand State Level Support • Court System Priority: PPAC • Involvement in Criminal Justice Collaborating Councils • Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Program (TAD) in 2005-2007 Budget • Increase in Day Reporting Centers, community-based AODA, and temporary living and half-way house beds • Assess, Inform and Measure in 2005-2007 Budget