Clinical Professor Emeritus
B.A. 1971, Valparaiso University
J.D. 1974, Northwestern University;
Kenneth Streit joined the Frank J. Remington Center's Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Project (LAIP) in 1990. He supervises students who serve clients at Wisconsin's three prisons for women (Taycheedah, Ellsworth, and Metro); Dodge Correctional Institution (located in Waupun); and the twelve minimum security centers. A large volume of this legal work involves family law and child welfare issues. In conjunction with his background analyzing juvenile justice and child welfare policy, Prof. Streit and his students recently began representing juvenile offenders at Ethan Allen (boys) and Southern Oaks (girls). Prof. Streit has also taught Substantive Criminal Law, Professional Responsibilities, and Juvenile Justice Administration at the Law School.
Prof. Streit regularly consults with state and county juvenile justice administrators and judges on effective programs, advises state legislators, and acts as a guest speaker at meetings and on radio. During his first year at the Remington Center, he wrote a legislatively mandated report which led to the creation of a separate secure correctional program for juvenile girls. During subsequent years, he assisted the legislature and the Department of Corrections in developing and evaluating adult community corrections programs.
Prior to joining the Remington Center, Prof. Streit advised the Secretary of the (then) Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services on policy issues involving adult community corrections, juvenile justice, and child welfare. Because of the tremendous differences in the degree of problems experienced by Milwaukee County compared to other areas of Wisconsin, most of his assignments focused on Milwaukee and other large urban areas. He was loaned to Milwaukee County for six months to develop a reorganization plan for its human services agency, which was (eventually) implemented.
At Northwestern University, Prof. Streit was the Senior Student Editor for Clearinghouse Review, a monthly publication for Legal Services Corporation attorneys including feature articles and summaries of litigation regarding poverty law issues. He moved to Milwaukee in 1974 and became a staff attorney for Legal Action of Wisconsin, specializing in litigation on behalf of adults and children with physical or mental disabilities. This led to his move to Madison in 1977 to develop and staff the Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy, the federally mandated statewide advocacy system for developmentally disabled persons. With the addition of more staff, Prof. Streit was able to focus more time on using litigation and the legislative process to promote special education, foster care, and community service issues unique to children.
Scholarship & Publications
Kenneth M. Streit, writing with Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm, published an article titled, "Sentencing Options: Why Restrict Judges?" in the September 2010 edition of the Wisconsin Lawyer. The article argues for giving judges more freedom to choose either determinate or indeterminate sentencing, instead of limiting judges to one or the other.
News & Media
Thursday, Mar 5, 2020Wisconsin Assembly speaker's prisons claim is fact-checked; Ken Streit weighs in
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019Ken Streit discusses Wisconsin's incarceration rates for marijuana offenders
The Badger Herald
Friday, Jun 14, 2019Ken Streit weighs in on problems surrounding the closure of Lincoln Hills youth prison
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018Ken Streit discusses Wisconsin's overcrowded prison problem
Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016Ken Streit discusses FCC rule capping prison phone call rates
The Badger Herald
Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010WPR discusses Wisconsin corrections practices with Kenneth Streit