Court programs

Effective justice strategies

The following material has been gathered by the PPAC Effective Justice Strategies Subcommittee to provide information and resources about promising practices in regard to effective justice strategies in Wisconsin.

2012 National Center for State Courts Report: Effective Justice Strategies in Wisconsin Adobe PDF

Best Practices for Record-keeping, Confidentiality and Ex Parte Information in Wisconsin treatment courts Adobe PDF

PPAC Effective Justice Strategies Phase II Final Report Adobe PDF (November 13, 2013)

Evidence-Based Practice to Reduce Recidivism: Implications for State Judiciaries Adobe PDF

Collaborative problem-solving

Each year more Wisconsin counties are developing collaborative teams to problem solve around justice system and public safety issues in their communities. 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, utilization of risk assessment tools, community service programs, restorative justice, etc.). Collaborating councils provide the necessary foundation for communities to fully assess the needs of the local criminal justice system and develop programming and practices in response to these needs. Judges play a critical role in these 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.

Wisconsin Collaborating Council Directory and Information Clearinghouse directory Adobe PDF

Select a highlighted county from the map below to view information for that county or view the entire directory here.

Collaborative initiatives
Problem-solving courts
Chief Justice's Task Force on Mental Health
Teen courts
TAD program
AIM pilot project

Other useful links about collaborative problem solving

Criminal Justice Innovations in Wisconsin: A Preliminary Report, September 2006, by Ben Kempinen, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School. (in Adobe PDF Adobe PDF format)

US Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections: Getting it Right. Collaborative Problem Solving Approaches for Criminal Justice (external link)

Five Reasons Why Judges Should Become More Involved in Establishing, Leading, and Participating on Collaborative, Policy-Focused Teams Adobe PDF by Richard P. Stroker, State Justice Institute, Center for Effective Public Policy.

US Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections: Guidelines for Developing an Effective Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (external link)

Third Branch article summer 2006, Collaborating councils bring decision makers together (Page 6). Adobe PDF

For more information contact: Statewide Problem-Solving Court Coordinator Michelle Cern at (608) 266-8861.

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