Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC)

In September 2016, OCSE awarded Section 1115 grants for the PJAC project (PDF) Visit disclaimer page to five state child support agencies in Arizona, California, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia, and awarded a grant to Georgia to manage the evaluation of the project.

The five-year demonstration project will allow grantees to examine whether incorporating procedural justice principles into child support business practices increases reliable child support payments. The goals are to increase reliable payments, reduce arrears, minimize the need for continued enforcement actions and sanctions, and reduce the inappropriate use of contempt.

Reducing Child Support Debt in PJAC Visit disclaimer page

PJAC’s approach to forgiving child support debt is an incentive for positive behavior.

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Civil Contempt of Court for Noncompliance Visit disclaimer page

PJAC sites adjust contempt screening procedures in response to new guidelines.

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Top PJAC Resources

Provides a series of research briefs that share lessons learned from the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) demonstration project

DOJ resources to reform practices for assessing ability to pay as part of enforcement efforts to collect fees and fines

An organization designed to improve relationships and increase trust between minority communities and the criminal justice system

Provides a link to the Center for Court Innovation, advancing procedural justice through programs, research, and assistance

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