Milwaukee’s Safe Streets Project: Successes and Challenges
Crime in Milwaukee and the progress of the first year of the Safe Streets Initiative will be the topics as law enforcement officers, city leaders, crime experts and community members come together for the fifth annual conference of Marquette University Law School’s Restorative Justice Initiative, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m. — 4 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union ballroom, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic will welcome participants, and the keynote address will be delivered by Professor David M. Kennedy of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, a nationwide leader in crime reduction strategies. Joseph D. Kearney, dean of Marquette Law School, and Janine P. Geske, distinguished professor of law and former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, will also give remarks.
The conference will also feature a stirring panel, “Anatomy of a crime in
For the first time this year, the conference will conclude with the presentation of the Urban Unsung Heroes “Starfish Awards.” This award will recognize three individuals who have gone unrecognized for their service, compassion and leadership in the community. Anonymous donors from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation made this $2500 monetary award possible for the each of the winners who have made vital contributions to the City of Milwaukee.
The conference will also feature an awards presentation to local elementary and high school students who participated in an essay and art contest describing their “heroes.” More than 100 students entered the contest; eight winners were chosen in various categories. The art work will be on display during the conference.
A full conference schedule is available online. Media are invited to attend all or part of the event and should call Brigid O’Brien Miller at 414-288-7445. Members of the public should register online.
More information about the Safe Streets Initiative:
Through a U.S. Department of Justice grant, Milwaukee initiated a city-wide crime reduction project known as Safe Streets, concentrating on three main areas: law enforcement, corrections and community engagement. Marquette Law School’s Restorative Justice Initiative, directed by Distinguished Professor of Law and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine P. Geske, leads the community portion of the project. The model is an innovative prototype aimed at reducing crime by aligning law enforcement resources, engaging the community and assisting offenders re-entering the community to decrease recidivism. The Safe Streets Initiative targets Milwaukee Police Districts 2 and 5, on the south and north sides of the city. Marquette
More information about keynote speaker Dr. David M. Kennedy:
Dr. David M. Kennedy is the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control and professor of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in