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Dane County Community Justice Council

Community Conversations

The CJC has held a number of community conversations, listening sessions, and townhalls over the years on topics including pretrial justice, community courts, behavioral health innovations, and more.

Past Events


Pretrial Justice with Advancing Pretrial Policy & Research (APPR)

The CJC hosted local and national experts on pretrial justice to discuss national best practices and Dane County's recent innovations. The community conversation featured Dr. Kelvin Banks and Orleny Rojas from Advancing Pretrial Policy & Research (APPR), as well as local experts Judge Nicholas McNamara, Clerk of Courts Carlo Esqueda, and Pretrial Services Director Rhonda Frank-Loron. After the national and local perspectives, community members asked questions.

January 31, 2023


Triage Restoration Center Listening Session (CJC-Behavioral Health Subcommittee Meeting)

Members of the public provided feedback and recommendations on the requirements for a crisis triage center, national consultant, and RFP (request for proposals). Read key recommendations here.

December 18, 2020


Community Justice Centers: Community Conversation

The CJC hosted national experts on community justice centers, with the intention of moving towards implementing a community justice center in Dane County. Judge Calabrese from Red Hook Community Justice Center in New York and Brett Taylor from the Center for Court Innovation spoke about restorative justice and their roles in the program's creation, development, and evaluation. Dr. Alex Gee, Jr., founder of Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, Rep. Shelia Stubbs, Wisconsin State Representative and Dane County Supervisor, and Ismael Ozanne, Dane County District Attorney, spoke about the local potential for a community justice center.

October 29, 2020


Triage Centers and the Crisis-Care Continuum: Community Conversation

The CJC hosted national experts in the crisis care continuum. Staff from the STAR crisis ambulance service located in Denver, CO and Dr. Margie Balfour from the Pima County (Tucson) Crisis Restoration Center presented at the community educational event.

September 1, 2020


Pretrial Justice: National and Local Perspectives

The CJC hosted a community event to learn about pretrial justice from national, state, and local policy experts. This event was part of the Capstone project for safer, fairer front-end justice.

June 3, 2019