Public Policy Agenda 2016
THE PROBLEM: PROTECTION OF OUR NATION’S CHILDREN, FAMILIES & COMMUNITIES Federal laws assign oversight responsibility to judges for family violence, juvenile justice, and child welfare matters.
In 2012, more than 3 million children were reported to authorities for abuse or neglect
Every year, more than 3 million children are exposed to domestic violence in their homes
It is estimated the cost to confine a child is $407.58 per day ($148,787.00 per year)
THE SOLUTION: BROADLY COMPETENT COURTS & KNOWLEDGEABLE JUDGES Without practices informed by science, appropriately educated judges, well-resourced courts, and a federal partner to assist juvenile and family courts, some of our most vulnerable children will not succeed and costs to state and federal governments will continue to rise.
Appropriate $4 million - OJJDP Child Abuse Training Project for Judicial Personnel and Practitioners
Reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)
Appropriate $16 million - OVW Grants to Support Families in the Justice System
THE RESULT: JUDGES & COMMUNITIES OF HEALING & PREVENTION
An educated judiciary improving outcomes for children and families and keeping communities safe
Collaborative system reforms that improve efficiency
Swift, fair, and coordinated justice for families
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