Delinquency & Court Services


►Vision Statement

To enhance the future of all youth involved with Milwaukee County's Juvenile Justice System by providing individualized interventions and services through a comprehensive and dynamic service system that meets the youth's criminogenic needs.  Milwaukee County shall be recognized as a state and national model for emulation in its delivery of services to youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System.


►Mission Statement

To partner with the community to promote public safety by reducing juvenile crime, holding youth accountable and improving youth competencies through DHHS values*, consumer focus, technology, Evidence-Based Practices (EBP), innovation and effective partnerships.



Our goals are to reduce further offending and to help youth find a positive direction for their lives by systematically introducing evidence-based assessment, intervention, treatment and management practices that research has shown reduce the risk of re-offending.


*DHHS Values

Respect, Dignity, Honesty, Integrity, Excellence, Diversity, Partnership


Milwaukee County Delinquency & Court Services Division is working relentlessly to expand current programming, realign our system of service delivery and bring awareness to the community regarding DCSD's purpose and mission.  DCSD has implemented the use of Evidence-Based Practices and utilizes the Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI), which is a validated, evidence-based instrument that:


  • assesses ten areas or domains
  • identifies the youth's risk to re-offend
  • the youth's criminogenic needs
  • includes a pre-screen version to assist in decision making


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Vel R. Phillips

Children's Court Center  

10201 W. Watertown Plank Road

Wauwatosa, WI  53226



Mark Mertens


Administrative Contact

Veronica Burks




24 Hour

Detention Line





Detention Center Interim Superintendent

Terrell Martin



Grant Coordinator

Kelly Pethke



Section Managers

Melissa Graham



Glenn Larson



Administrative Coordinators

Danyelle Brock



De Shell Parker



Luciana Gonzalez



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