Gun Violence Surge in Milwaukee Strains Court System


The spike in Milwaukee shootings this year has swamped the court system, leading to long delays of justice for both victims and defendants, reports the city’s Journal Sentinel. In August, more than 500 cases were on the gun court calendar, ranging from illegal gun possession to attempted homicides. Fifteen new cases arrived a week, but only six were being closed. This prompted the county to reorganize its gun court on Oct. 20 to increase efficiency.

Cases are now spread over six different courtrooms, with nonfatal shootings all going to the same judge in a designated gun court. Illegal gun possession and certain other cases are spread evenly among five general felony courts. The system has improved, officials said. “Now we have a court where we can get to those cases and get the victim justice and get the community justice much more quickly. That is our hope, and we’ll be watching,” said Judge Maxine White, who took over as chief judge in August.

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