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A new response to child support noncompliance: Introducing the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt project

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Friday, July 26, 2019 - 13:39
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Mage, Caroline
Baird, Peter
Miller, Cynthia
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June 2019
Published Date (Text): 
June 2019
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1-9
Year: 
2019
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This study brief describes an alternative to the civil contempt process intended to increase engagement and consistent and reliable payments among noncompliant noncustodial parents. The Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) demonstration project was developed by OCSE to adapt and apply principles of procedural justice to child support compliance eforts. Procedural justice is also referred to as procedural fairness. It is “the idea that how individuals regard the justice system is tied more to the perceived fairness of the process and how they were treated rather than to the perceived fairness of the outcome.” This approach has produced notable increases in compliance and long term rule-following behavior in criminal justice and judicial settings. (Excerpt from author introduction)

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