Justice and the Grassroots: The Community Justice Movement in Milwaukee

Melissa Hickman Barlow, Fayetteville State University
Kit Murphy McNally, The Benedict Center
David E. Barlow, Fayetteville State University

In the last two and a half decades, the war on drugs, systemic racial discrimination in criminal jujstice, and mass imprisonment have added insult to the devastating injury experienced by Milwaukee neighborhoods struggling with the effects of deindustrialization, racial and ethnic marginalization, and the deconcentration of employment. Growing recognition among citizens, community leaders and advocacy groups that formal criminal justice creates more problems than it solves in this context has given rise to a grassroots movement to develop Community Justice Centers, designed to improve community safety and achieve justice priorities identified by neighborhood residents. This paper repots on the Community Justice Movement in Milwaukee.

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Updated 05/20/2006