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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ind. Courts - Chief Justice Rush: "Be proactive to aid youths"

A story today by Dartunorro Clark in the Lafayette Journal-Courier reports on the CJ's talk Wednesday to the YWCA Greater Lafayette's fall luncheon. Some quotes:

More than 150 community leaders gathered to hear Rush, the first female chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, discuss children, teenagers and issues that she's long championed, including mortality, abuse and high school dropout rates.

There's much more to be done, she said.

"We need to put our resources toward our kids," Rush said. "It defines how we're doing as a society. I'm doing that at the state level."

Her experience as a juvenile judge gave her insight, she said, into what the judiciary can do to work with other branches of government to provide solutions.

Rush said she's pushing for more evidence-based decision-making in courtrooms, tracking the outcomes of programs that help at-risk children and families and seeking to improve trauma care.

"It's important to look at community involvement and the well being of the youth," Rush said. "There's a connection between community involvement and (the number of) children in the courts."

Rush added: "We cannot just be reactive to these things. We can be proactive."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 25, 2014 09:16 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts