The Statewide Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) was established by Governor Scott Walker through Executive Order #65 in April 2012 (and continued through Executive Order #180 in 2015). The CJCC has brought together key state and local decision-makers as a collaborative body to assess the criminal justice system and improve system outcomes. The twenty member Council is co-chaired by Wisconsin's Attorney General and Department of Corrections Secretary. The mission of the State CJCC is to promote and facilitate the implementation of effective criminal justice policies and practices that maximize justice and the safety of the public. One of the top priorities for the council is to reduce future growth in Wisconsin’s correctional institutions by reducing criminal recidivism through more effective management and operation of the state criminal justice system.
The State CJCC is currently supporting numerous projects including the implementation of the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative (Results First), which works with states to implement an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach based on the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) model. The Results First model enables investment in policies and programs that provide evidence of cost savings or cost avoidance and the model is initially being implemented to develop a consistent tool for cost-benefit analysis of various criminal justice programs. In addition, the CJCC is supporting the movement of six additional counties into Phase V of the NIC EBDM initiative. This effort will enhance the CJCC’s efforts to strategically bring evidence-based decision making to additional sites in Wisconsin and support the statewide effort to align various projects intended to reduce recidivism and promote public safety. The Results First and EBDM Initiative are examples of the support and guidance the CJCC is bringing to the effort to align various program and policy efforts within the criminal justice system in Wisconsin.