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Family Court — Unconstitutional Judicial Gag Orders- Court Whores and The Rape of American Justice

In domestic law on October 30, 2010 at 10:49 pm

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In this provocative and well-researched book, Margaret Hagen, Ph.D, reveals how expert psychological testimony is a total fraud, showing how the courts have increasingly embraced not a cutting-edge science but, instead, a discipline that represents a terrifying retreat into fantasy and hearsay; a discipline propelled by powerful propaganda, arrogance, and greed.
Dr. Hagen sounds a clarion wake-up call, offering some startling – and much-needed – recommendations about how we can reclaim our own ability to judge and supplying vital advice on how we can protect ourselves from the ravages of psychological testimony in our own lives.

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“A damning indictment of the psychologizing – and undermining – of the American legal system. With righteous wrath and devastating wit, this sweeping critique should stir national debate.”
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Family Court — Unconstitutional Judicial Gag Orders

Over the past decade, family court judges routinely have uttered broader and broader gag orders, forbidding parents in custody battles from talking or writing about their cases. The pretext for these orders is that they are needed for the protection of the child.  Nevertheless, it’s suspected that more often they are prompted by embarrassed officials who dislike scrutiny and criticism by internet bloggers in the wake of burgeoning out-of-control shoot-from-the-hip “therapeutic jurisprudence” in the family courts. The stated child protection rationale is specious because defamation, obscenity, violations of privacy, harassment, and other unprotected speech appropriately are addressed by the law after the fact when actual or potentially harmful speech can be specifically identified.

These orders are illegal under the First Amendment as violations of the constitutional prohibition against prior restraint. Now one mother, Faith Torres, has contacted the American Civil Liberties Union because of a gag order entered in her case by Judge Debra DeSegna in Providence, Rhode Island, July 29, at the request of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families. Steven Brown, executive director of the ACLU’s Rhode Island affiliate, called the order a “blatant violation of the First Amendment.” Let’s see some federal lawsuits. http://newsblog.projo.com/2010/08/judge-bars-ri-mother-from-talk.html

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Sheila Drake,Cabinet for Health and Family Services Bowling Green, Kentucky–YOU ARE BEING CALLED OUT!! CHILD TRAFFICKING under the veil of Judicial Immunity –Judge Catherine Rice Holderfield- Stop the ABUSE of Christian Coffey

In domestic law on October 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm
 
Social Worker who pulled a minor child out from class and questioned the minor without their parent or schools consent! Sheila Drake of Bowling Green,Kentucky. Stop the Abuse of Chrsitian Coffey! And stop harassing his supporters!

 

Sheila Drake

About Me Basic Info

Sex: Female

Current City:
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Employers Cabinet for Health and Family Services September 2006 to present Bowling Green, Kentucky

College Western Kentucky University ’06 Bachelor Social Work

High School Tates Creek High School ’02

 

JUST SOME GOOD OL BOYS Two hours of questioning of a minor child regarding the ownership of this blogs and many more is really showing how desperate this Judge court whore has become.

Rice-Holderfield sent out her goons  Sheila Drake  today to many persons homes, including Miss Kentucky International Elaine Bateman.  What has become of the justice system that they are hell bent on jailing a mother for others taking the stance on this injustice?!

We hope you are proud of yourself by intimidating a child into submission, falsely accusing her of blogging the TRUTH…CPS worker Sheila and Police Officer Blevins. There is a special little place in hell for those who fail to protect and serve….not sure which level…I will have to get back to you on that.  In the meantime I suggest you do some reading….  http://whoresofthecourt.com

 

 

 

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VIDEO HERE: Corrupt Judge Catherine Rice Holderfild  "Stop the Abuse of Christian Coffey" Bowling Green,

Dombrowski et al v. United States: A petition filed on behalf of 10 protective mothers, one victimized child now grown to adult, and six organizations at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the United States for the pattern and practice of courts granting custody and unsupervised visitation to abusers and molesters.

In domestic law on October 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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  Dombrowski et al v. United States (2007) A petition filed on behalf of 10 protective mothers, one victimized child now grown to adult, and six organizations at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the United States for the pattern and practice of courts granting custody and unsupervised visitation to abusers and molesters.

Entire Petition HERE

Diane Post On behalf of 10 protective mothers, one adult child, and 6 organizations, Post filed a petition with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights on 11 May 2007. The petition was supported by 17 national and state organizations as well.  The petition claims that the U.S. is violating the Declaration of Rights and Responsibilities of Man by the policy and practice of giving child custody or unsupervised visitation to abusers and molesters.  To read the petition, go to www.stopfamilyviolence.org



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Abused Mothers’ Mental Health

In domestic law on October 30, 2010 at 2:59 am

  The link to the study concerning this at OSU http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/motheripv.htm

This was published by HHS – what do they suggest doing about this problem? Simple solution is to NOT share custody.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/healthbeat/2010/11/20101101a.html

HHS HealthBeat (November 01, 2010)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Even after leaving an abusive relationship, women may still show signs of increased depression and anxiety.  A study done at Ohio State University examined the mental health of 2,400 mothers in sustained and broken relationships.

Almost half the mothers who left their abuser still had contact with them on a weekly basis.  Claire Kamp Dush is an assistant professor of human development and family study at Ohio State.

“All of the women in our study shared children with these men and so it’s likely that they continued to be abused or to at least face some sort of abuse even after the relationship ended.” (10 seconds)

The study in Social Science Research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at hhs.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: October, 29 2010

VPC–"When Men Murder Women" Released for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In domestic law on October 29, 2010 at 3:45 am

 

In 2008, as in years past, the state of Florida did not submit any data to the FBI

Supplementary Homicide Report. Data from Florida was not requested individually because the

difference in collection techniques would create a bias in the study results.

Each year for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October the Violence Policy Center releases the report "When Men Murder Women."  This annual VPC publication details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender and ranks the states by this homicide victimization rate.  This year, Nevada led the nation in the rate of women killed by men, followed by Vermont, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri (tied), South Carolina, and Georgia.

The study is a key tool used by domestic violence prevention advocates and state and local policymakers in support of domestic violence prevention policies.

See a copy of the study’s press release with a link to the full report at:

http://www.vpc.org/press/1009dv.htm

See a Huffington Post blog I wrote about the study and its findings at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-sugarmann/top-ten-most-murderous-st_b_774021.html

See some of the press coverage the study has received across the nation at:

http://www.vpc.org/inthenews.htm

Watch and share a VPC YouTube video on the gun industry’s most recent marketing effort to women at:  http://www.youtube.com/vpcvideos

As we state in the press release that accompanied the study’s release, "These findings alarmingly demonstrate how domestic violence can escalate to homicide. More resources need to be made available to protect women and prevent such tragedies."

Thank you, as always, for your support of the Violence Policy Center and our efforts to stop gun death and injury.

Sincerely,

Josh Sugarmann

Executive Director

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American Mothers Political Party Show– Today 6 pm EDT 10-28-2010 Call-in Number: (347) 205-9977

In domestic law on October 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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AMPP Support Christian Coffey HIS Mother and ALL Their Supporters

AMPP is a social movement seeking justice and accountability within the family court system which includes DHHS/CPS, psychologists and other so called experts.

  • We as mothers demand CITIZENSHIP and our Rights to our Children.
  • We demand that our children not be used as pawns by our abuser in a custody dispute.
  • We demand that Mothers and Children be equally protected against court ordered visitation with an abuser.
  • We demand that Mothers and Children be given the same rights, privileges and voice that the abuser gets in family courts!
  • We demand that our President take action now as can no longer afford to be silent and we won’t.
  • We demand the same "rights and freedoms" to which all humans are entitled.

Behind the closed doors of the dirty little secret of the family court system, thousands of women each year lose child custody to violent men who beat and abuse Mothers and Children.

Family courts are not family-friendly and betray the best interests of the child. Until Mothers and Children’s voices are heard we will never shut up, give up or go away!

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The Eighth Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference: BMCC VIII: "The Unity Conference" January 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2011

In domestic law on October 28, 2010 at 11:30 am

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Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody:

“A National Crisis”

The Eighth Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference

BMCC VIII: "The Unity Conference”

January 7th, 8th, & 9th, 2011

(Friday evening, 6 p.m. – Sunday afternoon)

Holiday Inn Turf

205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY

(Five minutes away from Albany International Airport)

Reserve early to get the $99 conference rate!

Call: 1-800-HOLIDAY or 518-458-7250

Ask for the Battered Mothers Custody Conference block.

A major focus this year will be to connect battered mothers with organizations working locally, nationally, and internationally to combat unjust family court practices that continue to do untold harm to battered mothers and their children.

For updated details and registration, please visit www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org

Please reproduce and distribute this announcement and the conference brochure available online at www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org.

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Albany 2010: Hundreds attend 7th Battered Mothers Custody Conference.

In domestic law on October 28, 2010 at 11:20 am

http://www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org/
The Eighth Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference
BMCC VIII: “The Unity Conference”*

January 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2011
Friday evening 6:00 p.m. – Sunday afternoon

Holiday Inn Turf, 205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY
(Five minutes away from Albany International Airport)
Call: 1-800-HOLIDAY or 518-458-7250
Ask for the Battered Mothers Custody Conference Block
Make reservations early to get the $99 conference rate
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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HIGHLIGHTS UNPRECEDENTED COORDINATION ACROSS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

In domestic law on October 28, 2010 at 5:06 am

Remarks by the President at Domestic Violence Awareness Event TRANSCRIPT

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As part of the White House activities today, this was also released. Let’s hope they are serious about this.

As part of ongoing Administration efforts to reduce domestic and sexual abuse, HHS, HUD, DOJ, Treasury, Labor and FDIC announce new initiatives to protect victims of abuse, provide resources to prevent abuse

Today, the Obama Administration is highlighting unprecedented coordination and cooperation across the entire government to protect victims of domestic and sexual violence and enable survivors to break the cycle of abuse. As part of this ongoing government-wide effort, HHS, HUD, DOJ, Treasury, Labor and FDIC today announced new initiatives to protect victims of abuse and provide resources for families and communities to prevent abuse. Violence is still a significant barrier in many women’s lives, and this Administration is committed to taking concrete action to reduce domestic violence in this country. One-in-every-four women experiences domestic violence during their lifetimes and more than 20 million women in the U.S. have been victims of rape. Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year. The impact of abuse lingers for years, both for victims and their children.

In response, the President has called on every agency in the Federal government to be part of the solution to ending violence against women. Domestic violence and sexual assault are not just criminal justice issues – the scope and far-reaching effects of violence require a coordinated response across the Federal government.

The initiatives announced and highlighted today demonstrate a broad, comprehensive response to reducing violence against women. Specifically, these concrete actions include steps to:
• Protect Children and Break the Cycle of Violence
• Improve Legal Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence
• Increase Sexual Assault Arrests and Successful Prosecutions
• Help Victims Regain Housing and Financial Independence

Protect Children and Break the Cycle of Violence
Intervening early to reach children and young families experiencing domestic and sexual violence is a crucial element of our strategy to end violence against women. Without intervention, children who witness violence are at greater risk of developing behavioral problems, psychiatric disorders, school failure, and violence against others.
• Through the Affordable Care Act’s new Pregnancy Assistance Fund, 5 states (NC, NM, OR, VA, and WA) will start this month providing help for pregnant women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. High schools, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) offices, health clinics, and child welfare agencies will have tools to reach vulnerable women and connect them with services. One in twelve adult women are abused during pregnancy and 25-50% of adolescent mothers experience domestic violence before, during, or just after pregnancy. Children born to abused mothers are 30% more likely to require intensive care upon birth.
• The Affordable Care Act’s new Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program provides $1.5 billion over five years to States for evidence-based home visitation services. The law requires every state to consider domestic violence as one of six benchmarks in improving the health and safety of families in at-risk communities. Nurses, social workers, educators, child development specialists or other well-trained staff will promote the health and well-being of children and their families in these communities, intervening early to reduce rates of domestic violence and child abuse.
• The HHS Head Start program is reaching out to pregnant women and parents of young children to prevent and respond to domestic violence. Head Start centers in 6 states (AL, FL, MI, MT, NM, and SC) are launching a community-based Safe Families, Safe Homes early education curriculum. This effort will help Head Start staff and community partners identify and respond to young children exposed to violence. This week, HHS is also sending guidance to thousands of Head Start and other early childhood programs across the country and urging them to address domestic violence by providing these programs with information about the Safe Families, Safe Homes curriculum and other available resources.
• The Attorney General has launched the Defending Childhood Initiative to protect children from the harmful consequences of witnessing violence. The initiative will work to prevent exposure to all types of violence and build children’s resiliency to recover and thrive when violence does occur.
• The new HHS Enhancing Services for Children and Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence program supports innovative, evidence-informed services for children exposed to domestic violence. Starting this month, projects in four states (AK, NJ, ID, and WI) and a national clearinghouse will help children heal from the trauma of abuse and build stronger community services.

Improve Legal Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence
Providing victims with greater access to legal assistance and civil protection orders are essential strategies in reducing abuse. Studies show that access to legal services helps victims escape from abusive relationships, and that access to counsel has reduced domestic violence by as much as 21%. Protective orders are effective in reducing the level of violence and fear of harm for many victims, but they must be properly enforced.
• Today, the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is releasing new tools for communities to improve enforcement of protective orders. Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice will keep victims and their children safe by providing guidance to advocates, attorneys, judges, law enforcement officers, and prosecutors to ensure that protective orders are issued, served and enforced throughout the United States.
• Today, the Department of Justice, with assistance from the White House, is launching Access to Justice for Domestic Violence Victims, a pilot project to encourage more commitment from the private bar to provide pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence. Beginning in New Orleans and Baltimore, private law firms will hire law students who have participated in law school clinics and defer their start dates while they work at domestic violence service providers. The lawyers will help victims secure protective orders, navigate the family courts, and access safe housing. Access to Justice will encourage ongoing pro bono partnerships between private law firms, domestic violence service providers and law school clinics.

Increase Sexual Assault Arrests and Successful Prosecutions
One in six women and one in thirty-three men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, but fewer than 1 in 6 rapes are reported to the police. Women who have been raped have high rates of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and suicide attempts.
• The Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is launching a new national campaign to reduce sexual violence in the United States by improving the criminal justice system response, increasing services for victims, and changing attitudes. Today, the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Department of Justice held the first ever national roundtable on sexual violence at the White House. Over the next six months, OVW will hold regional forums around the country to engage the public in their sexual assault reduction campaign. In the 2011 budget, President Obama has proposed doubling funding for VAWA programs serving victims of sexual assault.
• Reducing the backlog of rape kits can be a powerful way to get rapists off the streets. Today, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is launching a new effort to identify long term solutions to the DNA backlog of sexual assault cases. In up to 5 jurisdictions, the project will team researchers with law enforcement agencies, crime labs, prosecutors, and victim advocates. The teams will identify underlying causes of the backlog, create new systems for tracking, screening and testing DNA evidence, and apply strategies to prevent backlogs from developing in the future. As a result of this project, NIJ aims to eliminate backlogs and develop innovative practices that can be adapted nationwide.

Help Victims Regain Housing and Financial Independence
Perpetrators of domestic violence often create serious obstacles that prevent victims from achieving economic independence and self-sufficiency. Without financial independence and a stable place to live, victims and their children are trapped with nowhere else to go. As a result, victims of domestic violence are often forced to choose between staying in an abusive relationship or facing economic hardship, poverty, and homelessness. But when victims improve their economic stability, they increase their likelihood of living separately from their abusers.
• Today, Secretary Donovan is releasing much-anticipated rules that provide guidance to housing authorities and landlords to evict perpetrators of abuse, keep their properties safe, and make sure victims do not lose their housing due to crimes committed against them. Prior to the passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005, victims of domestic violence were afraid to call the police or seek help because their landlords might find out about the assault and evict them. VAWA created new protections for victims in publicly assisted housing, but rules governing these provisions were never finalized.
• Last month, the Department of the Treasury and the White House convened domestic violence organizations, asset-building experts, credit union organizations, and other financial educators to determine ways to help victims build credit, access safe financial products, and save for the future. Treasury is working with the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, its MyMoney.gov website, the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and its private sector and government partners to connect domestic violence organizations with existing financial education and access resources.
• The FDIC is also helping victims recover from financial abuse by updating their popular Money Smart financial literacy curriculum to include information for victims of domestic violence. The new Money Smart curriculum will be available Friday, October 29th.
• Two weeks ago, HHS launched a new coordinated effort to ensure that more victims of domestic violence file for Federal refundable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, use low-cost tax preparation services, and use tax time as an opportunity to access tools like savings bonds that help them save for the future.
• Access to non-traditional job training can be an important tool for victims of domestic violence to rebuild financial stability. In the coming weeks, the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau is releasing A Woman’s Guide to Green Jobs and coordinating with Wider Opportunities for Women and the National Network to End Domestic Violence to make sure that survivors have access to new green jobs.
• Today, in partnership with the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Office on Violence Against Women is launching a new virtual resource for employers to address the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace. http://www.workplacesrespond.org provides new tools for employers, including interactive training and customized model policies to keep victims safely employed.

Respond to Urgent Needs with the President’s 2011 Budget Request
• In response to the need to strengthen services to victims, the President’s 2011 budget proposed an additional $130 million to help victims find shelter, counseling, legal assistance, transitional housing and other direct services. $100 million of the increase is from the Crime Victims’ Fund, which does not consist of taxpayer dollars; it is self-sustaining and supported by criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, and penalties for federal offenders.

Victims further victimized by the very agency meant to protect them, said many at the Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties meeting That Abusers get custody of their children

In domestic law on October 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Crime Victims Share All at Town Hall Meeting

They were victims further victimized by the very agency meant to protect them, said many at the Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties meeting.

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Crime victims from Montgomery and Prince George's Counties told a panel of police and government officials how they feel marginalized by the justice system at the Silver Spring Civic Center.

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In an emotional town hall meeting Tuesday night, crime victims who live in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties told their stories to a wide array of government agency representatives. The crimes themselves were despicable. But there was something else to their stories which was almost equally so: the egregious mistreatment or neglect they received from the government.

In tender voices which sometimes collapsed into heaving sobs, speakers recounted cases of government ineptitude including medical misdiagnoses, police insensitivity, and judicial cruelty. Speakers included the father of a gang-raped daughter and a domestic abuse victim who lost custody of her children to her abuser. Members of the panel included representatives from both counties’ police departments, the State’s Attorney’s Office, Division of Parole and Probation, Sex Offender Registry, and the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

The meeting was the fourth of a series of others meant to gather feedback from victims who feel marginalized by the justice system, said Patty Mochel, the communications manager of the Governor’s office of Crime Control and Prevention. Mochel will use the content of the meetings to draft a report which will be used to identify shortcomings in various departments. "It’s to set ourselves up for the next legislative session to find out where there are gaps that we didn’t realize or how our best intentions have maybe fallen short," she said.

The accounts of the different speakers certainly shed light on such gaps. Several speakers told stories that revealed hasty decision-making among medical workers. 

One of the first speakers said her daughter, who was declared dead on arrival one night, was quickly judged by EMTs and hospital doctors as having died from a drug overdose. The mother said they based this conclusion on the fact that her daughter was very pale. But what the mother knew and had such a hard time getting across to medical professionals, she said, was that her daughter had just an unusually white skin tone. Only due to her dogged persistence, she said, was a thorough autopsy conducted – one which definitively ruled out drugs. Doctors later concluded her daughter had been murdered.

Like so many others at the meeting, the speaker called for an establishment of more concrete protocol for agencies to follow. In this case she urged authorities to "rule the fact that a crime is out before ruling the obvious."

Another speaker, the father of a rape victim, also expressed a desire for firmer procedure when diagnosing victims. He told the story of his daughter’s rape and the obstacles they faced in their fight to win justice.

He said he originally found his daughter at night after a party in the street whispering for her former abusers to desist. He rushed her to the hospital. That’s when "our nightmare began," he said.

Nurses and doctors quickly ruled out rape, mostly on account of the fact that her clothes were on, he said. But conscious of his daughter’s words from before, he insisted on a more thorough examination. Ultimately, he reached a rape crisis center worker who came and quickly confirmed what he had suspected: his daughter had indeed been brutally raped. Later, it was revealed that three of her classmates had fed her jungle juice at a party until she couldn’t stand at which point they proceeded to rape her, he said.

But their difficulties didn’t end there. Legal incongruities followed.

Though they admitted to first-degree rape, the three perpetrators were ultimately released, and worst of all, said the father, allowed to attend the school where his daughter was still a student. The judge had been outlandishly lenient, he said, and was apparently convinced that the victim had brought the crime upon herself. According to the father, the judge talked about his daughter’s virginity in court. The judge "totally degraded my family and totally degraded the victim," he said. 

And the justice system hadn’t only failed his family, said the father. It had also failed the perpetrators: They are now in prison.

"They didn’t understand what they did was horrible and wrong … there was no consequences," he said. "There was no rehabilitation. Now they’re in the adult system."

A later speaker explored what she says is another recurrent judicial shortcoming: unfair treatment of abused mothers and their custody rights. She said fathers convicted of domestic abuse are often still allowed to spend unrestricted time with their children. "Courts are allowing absolutely free access of the abuser to the child," she said.

She said sometimes abused mothers even lose custody of their children to their abusers if abusers put themselves to the task of trying to convince the court that the mother is mentally unstable. The mother might go to court trying to protect her children from their father only to lose them to him, she said. Her conclusion on the state of matters was grim. 

"If you think that you’re going to go into court and help your child, you have a better chance of losing custody to that abuser," she said.

She said the legal system needs government workers who specialize in child development to operate in an advisory role in such cases.

At the end of the meeting Herman Ingram, division chief of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, said he was deeply grateful the speakers had shared their stories with the panel.

"I can assure you what we heard tonight will go right up the ladder and go right to the governor," he said.

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