Monroe County

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Start Date: 
1996
Contact: 
Name: 
Eric Weihe
Job Title: 
Monroe County Justice Deptartment Coordiantor/Director
Phone: 
(608) 269-8897
Address: 
Monroe County Justice Dept.
112 South Court St. Room #1008
Sparta, WI 54656

OWI Treatment Court

Start Date: 
2011
Description: 
The mission of the Program is to enhance public health and safety and improve the quality of life for all residents, by providing intensive monitoring, individualized treatment and comprehensive services to chemically dependent OWI offenders. OWI Court will enable participants to break the cycle of addiction and reduce recidivism.
Risk Level: 
Moderate to high risk
Risk Assessment Tools: 
COMPAS (Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions)
Admission(s): 
Post-adjudication or conviction
Contact: 
Name: 
Tara Nichols
Job Title: 
OWI Treatment Court Coordinator
Phone: 
(608) 269-8821
Address: 
Monroe County OWI Treatment Court
112 S. Court ST Room 1008
Sparta, WI 54656
Alternative to Revocation Admission: 
Yes

Veterans Treatment Court

Contact: 
Name: 
Todd Bjerke
Job Title: 
Judge
Phone: 
(608) 785-9773
Address: 
La Crosse Area Veterans Court
333 Vine ST
La Crosse, WI 54601-3296

Post-charge Diversion and Deferred Prosecution Program

Description: 
Monroe County began a pre-charge Diversions program in 1999 with county allocated funding for low level case management. Our program is focused on low to medium level offenders. The goal is to divert them out of the court system through the use of the identification of risk and needs through an assessment tool. We now use COMPAS and or other means of risk identification when needed. The basis of the diversion argument is that courts may inadvertently stigmatize some individuals of low to low medium & some medium level offenders that may either self correct with little supervision and or the right assistance provided to make changes that have affected their thinking. offenders that have committed lower level offenses of may be charged with a first felony are provided an opportunity to address their needs so as to prompt their desire for change without stigmatizing them further. . In part, our diversion program is designed to help reduce jail population and keep people in their own homes and provide family support instead of taking up a jail bed so that courts and institutions can focus on more serious offenders. Diversionary tactics have a strong theoretical background surrounding labeling, and keeping a low level offender out of an institution where they might be exposed to a higher level of criminal influence through low level supervision and addressing needs through a risk needs assessment. Our diversion program has been in existence since 1999. We recently expanded to pre-charge diversion through the TAD funding. over the past decade we have had about a 65-0 percent completion rate and recidivism rate of about 45%. These stats change year to year and through TAD data reporting we hope to get a better handle on success rates
Contact: 
Name: 
Tara Nichols
Job Title: 
Monroe County Justice Dept. Asst. Coordinator
Phone: 
(608) 269-8821
Address: 
Monroe County
919 Hoeschler Dr, Suite 100
Sparta, WI 54656

Pre-charge Diversion Program

Description: 
Monroe County began a pre-charge Diversions program through the use of our $22,500 TAD funds in an attempt to divert low level offenders out of the court system through the use of COMPAS and or other means of risk identification when needed. .
Contact: 
Name: 
Tara Nichols
Job Title: 
Monroe County Justice Dept. Asst. Coordinator
Phone: 
(608) 269-8821
Address: 
Monroe County Justice Dept.
112 South Court St. Room #1008
Sparta, WI 54656
Alternative to Revocation Admission: 
No
Medication Assisted Treatment: 
No