Author Archive for Kelli Thompson

Second Chance for Juveniles: Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction in Wisconsin

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public | No Comments »

Under current Wisconsin law, an individual charged with a crime is under the jurisdiction of juvenile court only if he or she is younger than 17. For several years, legislation ... Read more »

Putting a Face on Wisconsin Treatment Courts

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Category: Public, Wisconsin Law & Legal System | 2 Comments »

My blog post several weeks ago discussed the increase in the number of treatment courts in Wisconsin (see The Continued Expansion of Treatment Courts in Wisconsin). My goal was to ... Read more »

The Role of Specialized Practice Groups in a Public Law Firm

Friday, July 26th, 2013
Category: Legal Practice, Public, Wisconsin Law & Legal System | No Comments »

The Wisconsin State Public Defender (SPD) has dual responsibilities: we are a large law firm and a state agency. Although there is overlap, each function has its own set of ... Read more »

The Continued Expansion of Treatment Courts in Wisconsin

Friday, July 19th, 2013
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Wisconsin was an early adopter of problem-solving, or treatment, courts. Starting with Dane County’s Drug Court Treatment Program in June 1996, Wisconsin is now home to 56 operating treatment courts ... Read more »

Evidence-Based Decision Making: The Increasing Use of Research in our Criminal Justice System

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public | 1 Comment »

There is a growing trend in the criminal justice field to integrate evidence-based decision making, or EBDM, into local justice systems.  At its simplest, EBDM can be described as the ... Read more »

The Legacy of Gideon v. Wainwright in Wisconsin

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Category: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Process, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | 1 Comment »

I’d like to take the opportunity through my posts this month to talk about some of the trends and milestones that I see in the field of law, particularly as ... Read more »