The Milwaukee homicide review commission: An interagency collaborative process to reduce homicide

Mallory O'Brien, Laurie Woods, Ron A. Cisler

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The Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission (MHRC) is a multi-level, multi-disciplinary, and multi-agency homicide review process aimed at reducing the occurrence of homicides in Milwaukee. Based on the public health approach to violence reduction, the MHRC has 3 goals: (1) to gain a better understanding of homicide through strategic problem analysis, (2) to develop innovative, effective responses, and (3) to focus limited enforcement and intervention activities on identifiable risks. The MHRC creates an environment for many disciplines and agencies to share information and work collectively on violence prevention strategies. Since its inception, the MHRC has reviewed over 150 homicides and developed over 100 recommendations aimed at reducing homicide. These recommendations are based on themes that emerge from case reviews and focus on initiating change at system, agency/organization, and individual levels. The MHRC has many accomplishments to date, including improved communication between local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies; assistance in immediate investigations; new strategic criminal justice activities; changes in ineffective agency practices; and new cooperative efforts between community service providers. Future plans include the continuation and expansion of initiatives including greater community impact and developing a Center of Excellence in community and public safety serving Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-388
Number of pages4
JournalWisconsin medical journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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