Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC)
In September 2016, OCSE awarded Section 1115 grants for the PJAC project to 5 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.
OCSE awards $2.1 million for procedural justice-informed alternatives to contempt child support casesRead press release
Using Procedural Justice to Engage Parents
Grantees share lessons learned from implementing the PJAC modelRead more
Top PJAC Resources
Describes specialized training provided to child support staff who are adopting procedural justice-informed approaches
An evaluation of using procedural justice-informed practices as an alternative to the contempt process with noncustodial parents
Blog post featuring the voices of child support professionals and parents involved in three OCSE program innovation research grants — Procedural
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