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Milwaukee DA releases new dashboard showing court data

Posted at 3:52 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 16:52:12-04

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has released a new dashboard containing various data, from the number of deferred prosecutions, to the speed of contacting victims and the number of jail sentences in the county.

The data is broken down by year and race, among other aspects.

“The creation and public release of this dashboard is a continuation of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office commitment to provide the people we serve with information that measures how we are performing the critical mission of protecting the community in a way that respects and protects the rights and dignity of victims and offenders alike,” said Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

The DA explains that the dashboard is part of the larger 'Prosecutorial Performance Indicators' project, which aims to increase transparency and accountability in the county's justice system.

The dashboard will be expanded in the coming months, and the data will be updated every month, according to the DA.

Click here to view the dashboard.

Residents can send their feedback regarding the dashboard to his office using this form.

According to the dashboard's data, deferred prosecutions - which is when the prosecution grants amnesty in exchange for the defendant agreeing to certain terms - is highest among African Americans, though that number has decreased slightly from 2018.

The speed at which the DA's office contacts victims has plummeted over the last three years. In 2017, it took an average of 54 days. In June of 2020, it look two days, according to the data.

Jail sentences in Milwaukee County have also dropped, to 1,550 in 2019, compared to 2,662 four years before.

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