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The Justice Programs Department strives to promote collaborative decision-making among  justice system entities (municipal, county and state levels)  with the aim of minimizing system disruption. Additionally, the department works to extract meaningful data from Courts, law enforcement, the jail, community corrections and local service providers to be used by policy makers.

Justice Programs provides explanations of new trends, programs and initiatives that may have the potential for lowering incarceration rates, curbing social problems related to criminality, and diverting offenders from traditional justice system sanctions. This often generates discussion of new rehabilitative and correctional practices, their outcomes, and financial implications.

The department supports the efforts of the Portage County Justice Coalition, the criminal justice coordinating council that was developed over a decade ago. This advisory body promotes discussion and mutual problem-solving within the local justice system-related issues. Additionally, this department supports the achievement of goals and mandates that seek to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our justice system as a whole.

Department Mission:

To achieve justice for the community, victims, and offenders through effective and appropriate responses to crime and its prevention. Decision making will be based on collaboration, cooperation, objective data, and proper stewardship of resources.

Justice Programs is responsible for the following committees: Justice Coalition, Justice Coalition Executive Committee, and several other justice related work groups as needed.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1462 Strongs Avenue  
Stevens Point, WI  54481
Phone: (715) 346-1334  
Fax: (715) 346-1677

Andrea Behnke, Director  
Paula Cummings, Executive Assistant