Pre-trial Services and Early Intervention

Milwaukee County has embraced the practice of pre-trial interventions for women involved in the criminal justice system who are better served in community based programs like our Women's Harm Reduction Program

Women are referred to the Benedict Center on what is called a “Deferred Prosecution Agreement” which means the client signs a contract with the District Attorney and her attorney stating she will complete requirements by participating in our program instead of incarceration.

Women are then assigned to work with our Pre-Trial Advocate who provides individual counseling and support to help women successfully complete the program and have their legal obligations met without a criminal charge on their record.