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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

J and D Court: What's on the Docket in Lynchburg

If you were a judge in Lynchburg on the J and D court, as you arrived in Court this morning you would be looking at a docket of 13 cases:

Nine of the charges are Assault Family/Household Member
One Charge of Child Neglect/Abuse -- Reckless Disregard
One Charge of Assault and battery
One Charge of Violation of protective order
One Charge of Larceny firearm burglary felon-unarmed

What strikes me the most about this is the nine charges of assault of a family or household member.

Over all, this seems to the pattern that the J and D court finds itself in. Children who are abusive to their parents. And day after day, our judges are faced to deliberate on these same issues over and over. The same problem, children out of control, each day court is in session, a repetitive problem that has been eluding solution. I have a question for all of us, what should we be doing to correct this problem?

(Local news) (Local police, law and crime)


At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parents are too ofter caught up in their own lives to tend to matters when kids are young ( say under 6). Consist Discipline and boundaries seem to be a real issue with the majority of parents.

Then in a few rare instances when kids are just plain bad, let them pay the penalty by serving time in juvinle hall.

At 1:13 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Yes, I think you have hit the nail on the head. The issue cycles back to the parents and how children are raised. Also, I consider that the community has a role to fulfill better.

Imagine for a moment, that schools, community groups etc. could engage children in positive projects that would give them a sense of worth and accomplishment.

In the past, we had the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, but in these times to be a member of such an organization has almost developed a social stigma. But, they could provide a model for new ways we could look at the problem of our troubled youth.

At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, just because a charge indicates that it is "family abuse" does not necesarily mean that all the charges are juveniles. The J&D Court tries all family abuse charges (spouses, boyfriend-girlfriend, adult and juvenile siblings that live in the same home) not all cases are delinquent matters. Unfortunately, kids who are raised in a domestic violence environment usually become abusive or become victims themselves because the people in the lives (the adults) show them that this is acceptable behavior.

At 10:24 AM, Blogger B O B said...

What you are pointing out is entirely correct. My intent on publishing this post was to bring awareness to the extent of the problem Lynchburg faces on the home front, and how it impacts our youth. And yes, while all the charges are not strictly juvenile, I think we both have to concede this is an indicator that shows a systemic problem in Lynchburg of troubled youth.

At 5:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the day when parents could whip their kids and not worry about being punished for a whep or mark on the leg. Social Services should not go after the parents for correcting.

At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got to say, as a regular court observer, the bulk of these Assault & Battery/Family Member cases are flat out Domestic Violence - with all of the baggage those kinds of cases bring.

At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright! What about Social Services getting involved in the lives of the kids on the corners? Show some type of rehab for those up to No good. People can't ride with windows down because of what may happen!

At 4:33 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Thanks for all the comments. I think that all of you present your thoughts well. I have driven through the White Rock area recently, and I can see why you would want to keep your windows up. Its a shame that there is such a loss of civility that can readily be seen in Lynchburg.


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