Dane County can be model for criminal justice reform

Dane County can be model for criminal justice reform

Our second editorial agenda item for 2017 is nothing less than our belief Dane County can be a model for criminal justice reform in the nation.

We base that belief on the work being done by an extraordinary group of citizens, faith leaders, and advocates for ex-offenders, housing and career specialists and more.

But we also believe Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is fast becoming a national leader in intervention and prevention efforts that are more just and effective, and that will strengthen relationships with law enforcement while reducing racial disparities.

Examples include child abuse intervention and diversion policies, the community restorative court, a renewed, laser-like emphasis on birth-to-three funding and a proposed corrections re-entry court.

We will support this work throughout the year at all levels of government. Nothing would make us prouder than to have Dane County recognized as a criminal justice model for intervention and prevention.

Tomorrow, our third editorial agenda item: It’s “Just” Sexual Assault.