Wisconsin

Technical Assistance:

Oneida Tribal Nation, Wisconsin (July 2000): CSOM provided support to enable one probation officer and one law enforcement representative to attend the CSOM training at the 2000 Summer APPA Training Institute.

Training:

Provided a consultant to deliver a training on the J-SOAP II to juvenile correctional staff and social workers at the request of the Wisconsin DOC, Department of Juvenile Corrections, October 2006 (80 participants).

Provided a training on the Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management for the State of Wisconsin (FY03 OJP Grant Site) in December 2005 (65 participants).

Delivered a two-day training session on sex offender management issues in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections to probation and parole agents and supervisors, private and DOC treatment providers, and victim advocates in Madison, Wisconsin, March 2002 (90 participants).

Provided a consultant to conduct a one-day training on juvenile sex offenders at the request of the Wraparound Milwaukee Child and Adolescent Treatment Center for case workers, treatment providers, juvenile probation officers, school personnel, and others in Wisconsin, June 1999 (125 participants).

Resource Site:

The Wisconsin Sex Offender Treatment Network used the initial support of the Wisconsin Corrections Department to provide training to therapists from around the state. That training has helped to ensure the availability of specialized, professional treatment capacity across Wisconsin. The Network provides training for new professionals and continuing education and networking for Fellows of the Network.

OJP Grant Sites:

2003: The State of Wisconsin is primarily rural with metropolitan areas concentrated in its southeastern region. According to the 2000 census, there were approximately 5.4 million people living in 72 counties, with over 800,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 19. From 1999 to 2002, an average of 1,672 youth were referred to county intake workers each year for alleged sexual offenses and during that time, 583 youth were arrested for forcible rape. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Corrections, seeks to implement a comprehensive program of sex offender management for young offenders. While Wisconsin has developed community supervision programs for adult offenders, it has not addressed the unique needs of youthful sex offenders who are supervised in the community by either the state Department of Corrections Division of Juvenile Corrections or the counties. As a previous Office of Justice Programs' Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management Grantee (FY2001), a multidisciplinary collaborative policy team was convened to help build a model transition and community supervision system for youthful sex offenders who are returning to communities from juvenile correctional institutions. Grant funds are supporting the assessment of juvenile sex offender management practices and the implementation of a collaborative statewide plan to address the investigation, prosecution, adjudication, assessment, confinement, treatment, reentry, and community supervision of youthful sex offenders. Specific objectives of the grant are to: engage the multidisciplinary collaborative policy team in the continuous implementation of a comprehensive youthful sex offender management strategy, provide staff training in methods of treatment and management; provide all youthful sex offenders a 90-day transition program and treatment in the community until discharged from supervision; increase the capacity for treatment statewide; and contribute to the larger body of knowledge about sex offender management approaches through the collection and analysis of outcome data and evaluation standards for programming and community supervision.

2002: The Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) received grant funding to enhance existing strategies to manage adult sex offenders. The DOC issues Special Bulletin Notifications to communities about certain sex offenders' impending release from incarceration. These notifications have caused fear and anger within communities, often negating the ability for offenders to find housing and employment. This project addressed these issues by providing housing and employment services, educating and engaging communities in reentry planning, utilizing the polygraph for monitoring, training staff in the use of the Static-99 and RRASOR assessment tools, and providing all probation and parole agents with a sex offender supervision handbook.

2001: The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin is a federally recognized Indian Tribe with approximately 14,588 enrolled members in 2001. The Oneida reservation is located in northeastern Wisconsin and borders Green Bay, the third largest city in Wisconsin. Through a planning process previously supported by the Corrections Program Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, the Oneida Nation identified several areas to build upon their current practices. These include implementing a standardized procedure to respond to victims throughout the criminal justice process; develop a community education plan; develop culturally sensitive training and treatment materials; increase collaboration among the various agencies working with sex offenders and victims; and establish a shared database to facilitate the exchange of information between agencies.

2001: The State of Wisconsin was awarded a planning grant to develop a strategic plan to manage juvenile sex offenders in the community. Wisconsin is a predominantly rural state with a 2001 population of 5.4 million, with approximately 800,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 19. The primary goal of this initiative was to address the unique treatment needs of sexually abusive youth in the community. To that end, the team addressed issues including data tracking systems; screening, assessment, and classification; community transition; and victim advocacy as part of their approach. Their strategic plan addresses the development of relapse prevention strategies; housing resources; treatment methods; and a public education program.

1999: The Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin is located near the city of Green Bay in northeastern Wisconsin and in 1999, had approximately 13,229 enrolled members of whom 5,856 lived on or near the 65,000 acre rural reservation. The Oneida Tribe used a planning grant to establish a multidisciplinary team to assess sex offender management policies and practices and develop a comprehensive strategic plan to enhance sex offender management on the reservation. In the process, the team created protocols for information collection that included gathering data on the number, types, and location of sex offenders on the reservation.

1999: Milwaukee County is located in southeastern Wisconsin along the western shore of Lake Michigan. The county covers an area of approximately 242 square miles and consists of 10 cities and nine villages. Milwaukee is the largest city, with a population of approximately 640,000 in 1999. The county used an implementation/enhancement grant to address gaps in services for juvenile sex offenders, their families, and victims. The grantee team developed a pre-disposition evaluation that is multi-systemic, family-based, and sex-offender specific, as well as a process to conduct safety planning with these offenders. The team conducted cross-disciplinary training for those who are confronted with the complex challenges of juvenile sex offender management, treatment, and community safety, and created positions for specially trained community safety managers. These managers are responsible for collaborating with probation officers and others to maintain effective safety planning and juvenile sex offender management. Through human resources and technical assistance provided through grant funds, the team also worked to enhance the local juvenile sex offender database and outcome evaluation design.