Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC)
The PJAC demonstration project seeks to increase parents’ compliance with child support orders by increasing trust and confidence in the child support agency and its processes. PJAC is a five-year project that 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.
On September 30, 2016, OCSE awarded Section 1115 grants for PJAC to Arizona, California, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia.
Georgia was awarded a grant to manage the evaluation of the PJAC Project.
Top PJAC Resources
Published: September 18, 2019Describes specialized training provided to child support staff who are adopting procedural justice-informed approaches
Published: June 13, 2019An evaluation of using procedural justice-informed practices as an alternative to the contempt process with noncustodial parents
Published: April 30, 2018Blog post featuring the voices of child support professionals and parents involved in three OCSE program innovation research grants — Procedural
Published: March 21, 2016DOJ resources to reform practices for assessing ability to pay as part of enforcement efforts to collect fees and fines
Published: October 3, 2016An organization designed to improve relationships and increase trust between minority communities and the criminal justice system
Published: October 3, 2016Provides a link to the Center for Court Innovation, advancing procedural justice through programs, research, and assistance