2014 Legislative Council Study Committee on Problem-Solving Courts, Alternatives, and Diversions

Legislative Council Staff

Melissa Schmidt

Administrative Staff

Tracey Young


Representative Bies (Chair)

Representative Goyke (Vice-Chair)

Carol W. Carlson MSW

Troy D. Cross

Tony Gibart

Matthew J. Joski

Jane Klekamp

Representative Kooyenga

Elliott M. Levine

Representative Petryk

Joann Stephens

Representative C. Taylor

Kelli Thompson

Mary Triggiano

Michael Waupoose

Senator Wirch

Hearing Notices

Travel Voucher

Membership List


  • The Special Committee is directed to review the 50+ courts currently in operation in Wisconsin that utilize nontraditional adjudication methods, the effect they have on recidivism, and the net fiscal impact of these courts. The committee shall examine courts, such as veterans courts, drug and alcohol courts, mental health courts, and drunk driving courts, in Wisconsin and nationally and consider: (a) effectiveness of existing problem-solving courts in Wisconsin in reducing recidivism, the costs to administer these courts, and the savings realized; (b) best practices of existing problem-solving courts, both in Wisconsin and elsewhere, and potential implementation of these practices at the state level; (c) efforts to establish problem-solving courts that serve multiple counties, impediments to these efforts, and potential changes to improve regionalization of such courts; and (d) appropriate role and structure of state-level training and coordination.

June 25, 2014 Meeting 10:00 a.m. 411 South [ Minutes | Agenda ]

July 22, 2014 Meeting 10:00 a.m. 411 South [ Audio Morning Session | Audio Afternoon Session | Minutes | Agenda ]

August 20, 2014 Meeting 10:00 a.m. 411 South [ Audio Afternoon Session | Agenda | Minutes | Audio Morning Session | Notice ]

September 17, 2014 Meeting 10:00 a.m. Legislative Council Conference Room [ Agenda | Minutes | Notice ]

October 29, 2014 Meeting 10:00 a.m. Legislative Council Conference Room [ Agenda | Audio | Minutes ]

November 25, 2014 Mail Ballot

Recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council (February 11, 2015)

Joint Legislative Council Recommendations to the 2015-16 Legislature