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


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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