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District trainings use role-play

By Niki Leicht, Special Projects Manager Office of Court Operations

La Crosse County CJCC Coordinator and Manager of Justice Support Services Jane Klekamp, Office of Court Operations Special Projects Manager Niki Leicht, District III Court of Appeals Judge Lisa K. Stark, Mike Tobin, and La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Elliott Levine

La Crosse County CJCC Coordinator and Manager of Justice Support Services Jane Klekamp, Office of Court Operations Special Projects Manager Niki Leicht, District III Court of Appeals Judge Lisa K. Stark, Mike Tobin, and La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Elliott Levine

The 2013 District Trainings concluded in Milwaukee on Nov. 1, after a three month run across the state. The trainings began in Trego, in the Tenth Judicial Administrative District, in mid-August at the scenic Heartwood Conference Center.

A total of 364 participants attended the trainings, including 122 circuit court judges, along with a number of district attorneys, assistant district attorneys, public defenders, private defense counsel, social service providers, law enforcement officers, state Department of Corrections (DOC) supervisors and agents, and criminal justice coordinating council (CJCC) coordinators.

The knowledgeable and experienced training teams consisted of District III Court of Appeals Judge Lisa K. Stark, Deputy State Public Defender Mike Tobin, La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Elliott M. Levine, and La Crosse County CJCC Coordinator and Manager of Justice Support Services Jane Klekamp. These facilitators presented an overview of evidence-based practices, followed by how evidence-based practices in sentencing work with the principles of State v. Gallion, 2004 WI 42, 270 Wis.2d 535.

The second half of the training provided time for team implementation planning, a role-play sentencing utilizing evidence-based principles, and some real-life sentencing examples. The DOC also presented on how evidence-based practices are being implemented in the department's Division of Community Corrections and the Division of Adult Institutions. Gena Jarr, Jean Young, Erin King, Tracy Hudrlik, and Molly Sullivan-Olson from the DOC all made presentations in multiple districts.

This training was made possible by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The curriculum was developed by a workgroup comprised of members from the Effective Justice Strategies Subcommittee of the Supreme Court's Planning and Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC), including, in addition to Stark, Levine, Klekamp, Tobin and Jarr: Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Carl Ashley; Tony Streveler, DOC, Kris Moelter, Jared Hoy, District 10 Court Administrator Scott K. Johnson, and Office of Court Operations Special Projects Manager Niki Leicht. Becki Ney, from the Center for Effective Public Policy consulted on structuring the training and assisted on reference identification.

Plans for future technical assistance to the county teams who participated in the training is planned for the next year to assist with resource identification, program planning, and implementation.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Niki Leicht, Special Projects manager in the Office of Court Operations, at (608) 261-0684 or at niki.leicht @wicourts.gov

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