Community organizers gathered recently to discuss crime, policing and local organizing at the Neighborhood Safety Symposium held by LISC Milwaukee.
Exploit No More, a local nonprofit, is working to train foster parents who want to help children transition out of the sex trade into safe homes.
Most defendants in Municipal Court don’t have a lawyer because they say legal representation is too expensive. Those who are represented by counsel fare much better. Between 2011 and 2014, only 8 percent of cases without an attorney were dismissed, while 57 percent involving an attorney were successfully defended.
The Milwaukee Police Department writes a disproportionate number of citations in the poorest areas of the city, where many residents do not have the means to ever pay their fines.
Groups that address youth violence at the neighborhood level said the city’s new initiative could have a big impact if it empowers organizations already working on the issue.
Pro Trade Job Development, a local skilled trades training program, kicked off a push to secure commitments from 100 area employers to employ 100 individuals re-entering society from the criminal justice system.
The first shelter in Milwaukee County dedicated specifically to young girls coming out of sex trafficking opened recently to provide a unique kind of support.
In a recent public conversation at Marquette University’s Law School Milwaukee Police Department Chief Edward Flynn said the incentives for violence outweigh the sanctions against it for a slice of Milwaukee’s population.
A new city-funded initiative to intervene before violence happens is making inroads in Garden Homes but to maximize its impact a partnership with Milwaukee police is necessary, says Ald. Ashanti Hamilton.
Neighborhood ambassadors in Garden Homes have sparked hope, mediated violence and begun to build trust in the North Side community.