Pretrial Subcommittee 


The Pretrial subcommittee of the Criminal Justice Council began in July 2014. A team of Dane County criminal justice stakeholders attended the Pretrial Justice Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. earlier in 2014 and created a recommendation and timelines for the implementation of innovative pretrial practices. The pretrial subcommittee emphasizes the importance of evidence-based decision-making and the usage of data and research in the criminal justice system. These practices can lead to a decrease in the use of pretrial detention by using a validated assessment tool in conjunction with judicial discretion to keep low-risk offenders in the community while awaiting trial.


Pretrial Subcommitee Members

Carlo Esqueda, Dane County Clerk of Courts

Catherine Dorl, Dane County Public Defender

Chris Nygaard, Dane County Sheriff's Office

Colleen Clark-Bernhardt, Equity and Criminal Justice Council Coordinator

Dave Mahoney, Dane County Sheriff

Ismael Ozanne, Dane County District Attorney

Jeff Kostelic, Executive Assistant, Dane County Executive

Nicholas McNamara, Dane County Circuit Court Judge

Troy Enger, Assistant Chief, Division of Community Corrections District 1


List of Dane County CJC Pretrial Subcommittee Meetings



Date Agenda Minutes
January 23, 2019 Agenda Cancelled
February 27, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 24, 2019 Cancelled Cancelled
June 26, 2019 Agenda Minutes


Date Agenda Minutes
January 9, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 1, 2018 Agenda Minutes
June 27, 2018 Agenda Minutes
July 26, 2018 Agenda Cancelled
August 29, 2018 Agenda Minutes
September 26, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 24, 2018 Agenda Minutes
November 28, 2018 Agenda Minutes
December 12, 2018 Cancelled Cancelled


Date Agenda Minutes
December 19, 2017 Agenda Minutes


Date Agenda Minutes
January 20, 2015 Agenda Minutes
February 12, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 15, 2015 Agenda Minutes


Date Agenda Minutes
July 17, 2014 Agenda Minutes
July 23, 2014 Agenda Minutes
July 30, 2014 Agenda Minutes
August 13, 2014 Agenda Minutes
August 22, 2014 Agenda Minutes
October 20, 2014 Agenda Minutes
December 15, 2014 Agenda Minutes