University Hosts "Crime and Responsibility" Discussion

Data-driven analysis of offender, victim and community perspectives examined

MILWAUKEE (March 14, 2014) - Mount Mary University will host "Crime and Responsibility," a panel discussion and luncheon with three area crime experts to examine the causes of crime, the victim's perspective, and the role of moral choice, on Thursday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and registration is available at

"It's important to delve into the statistics of crime in order to understand the contributing factors of crime, the impact on victims and the community, and examine where responsibilities reside," says Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, J.D, chair and assistant professor of the Justice Department at Mount Mary University. "Insight helps inform restorative justice and what can be done in the community to prevent the cycle of crime and victimization."

The panelists include:

• Distinguished Professor of Law and former Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske
• Author James Galezewski formerly of Milwaukee Police Department
• Mallory O'Brien of the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission

The event also features an exhibit of written work of participants in the fall 2013 "The Stories We Tell" writing workshop which is part of Mount Mary's "Untold Stories" series for survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking. Response artwork created by local teens from Wauwatosa East High School coincide with the written pieces to deepen understanding of the effects of sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking in our communities.


About the panelists:

vip_janinegeske.jpgJustice Janine P. Geske (ret.), Distinguished Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School and Director of the Law School’s Restorative Justice Initiative.
Geske is a highly respected member of the Milwaukee community having served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court under Governor Tommy Thompson and as Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge over the last 12 years. She has earned the F.B.I. Director’s Community Leadership Award, Thurgood Marshall College Fund Legacy Award, St. Norbert College’s first Ambassador of Peace Award and U.S. Post Office’s “Women Making their Stamp on Metro Milwaukee” Award. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from three different universities and has twice been recognized by the Milwaukee Bar Association as Lawyer of the Year.

vip_james-galezewski.jpgJames Galezewski, Milwaukee Police Department
A 31-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, Galezewski has experience in patrol, narcotics, crime prevention, research and development, public administration, emergency management, crime analysis and is the developer of a program to forecast crime trends. He is the author of Beyond Vengeance and Retribution: A Reasoned Approach to Unreasonable Behavior.



vip_mallory-obrien.jpgMallory O'Brien, Ph.D., Director of Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission
O'Brien has led the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission since July 2004. She is trained as an epidemiologist, has worked in the field of violent injury prevention for the past 15 years, and is a member of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Taskforce for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Advisory Committee of the Safe Streets Initiative and the WI Attorney General’s Crime Victim Council. Dr. O’Brien is currently a researcher with the Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Marquette University.