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Grant money helps kick off risk-assessment screening

Two Wisconsin counties landed federal money Wednesday to advance initiatives to improve the criminal justice system. Milwaukee and Eau Claire counties won 18-month federal grants to begin offender risk-assessment screening programs in the criminal courts that would determine if alternatives to incarceration are viable options. The money is from the Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Initiative, which ...

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Universal screening planned for Milwaukee County (UPDATE)

A new program designed to streamline pre-trial bail recommendations for criminal defendants is set to roll out later this summer in Milwaukee County. Universal screening is based on 11 questions posed to alleged offenders to help assess risk and determine appropriate bail or monitoring. The program is part of a movement toward more evidence-based pre-trial assessment methods in criminal cases, ...

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Going down: Impatience rises over broken elevator (UPDATE)

By Jack Zemlicka A broken-down elevator in Milwaukee County Jail is slowing down attorneys, delaying court cases and irritating inmates. The ground-floor elevator, solely used for professional visits to inmates, broke down about five months ago. Gary Waszak, interim director of the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation and Public Works, said the 15-year-old elevator failed unexpectedly, and the county does ...

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