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The research establishing that the custody court system is broken and has a pattern of mishandling domestic violence cases is now overwhelming.

discovery_channelConspiracy of Silence, a documentary listed for viewing in TV Guide Magazine was to be aired on the Discovery Channel, on May 3, 1994. This documentary exposed a network of religious leaders and Washington politicians who flew children to Washington D.C. for sex orgies.

Many children suffered the indignity of wearing nothing but their underwear and a number displayed on a piece of cardboard hanging from their necks when being auctioned off to foreigners in Las Vegas, Nevada and Toronto, Canada.

At the last minute before airing, unknown congressmen threatened the TV Cable industry with restrictive legislation if this documentary was aired. Almost immediately, the rights to the documentary were purchased by unknown persons who had ordered all copies destroyed.

The video is available for viewing after the "read more" jump.

Effective management of public services implies well-organized and law-abiding functioning of the body oriented toward proper implementation of imposed tasks with principles of accountability and publicity duly observed. Neglect of any of the above mentioned principles poses threat to both state and society especially dangerous if self-interest motivated. In such case we deal with corruption. It is notable that corruption hinders development of democracy and economics in the country, brings down trust of society toward government bodies and impedes establishment of supremacy of law. Thus it's a will of government and citizens of our great country to timely implement radical changes against corruption. The present strategy aims at formation of effective state management system as well as activation of legal and public feedback mechanisms in order to prevent corruption.

Judicial and Law Enforcement Reform

Note from AngelGroup: This 1998 article still has relevant points that are applicable to 'today'.  Please take a moment to read and contact your local League of Women Voters to get involved.

Abusers get 42 percent of funds as shelters go lacking, its report says

Hawaii's response to domestic violence is uncoordinated, unsafe and unjust, leaving victims vulnerable to continued abuse and death, according to a two-year study by the League of Women Voters.

More people, mostly women, are dying from domestic violence in Hawaii while other communities have appeared to manage the crime, said the report, recently released to 400 statewide League members.

Domestic violence accounts for 30 percent of Honolulu's killings, compared with 6 percent in San Diego. Some cities, including Quincy, Mass., and Duluth, Minn., have had very few domestic violence homicides in the past 10 years, the report said.

Public employees have long been subject to performance reviews that evaluate how well they are performing their jobs. But can judges, public employees who literally hold the power of life and death in their hands, be assessed in the same way? New research from North Carolina State University and East Carolina University shows that there is an effective way to evaluate judges, which benefits both the public and the judges themselves.

"Judicial independence and accountability are key to a sound judicial branch," says Dr. Rick Kearney, co-author of the study and director of NC State's School of Public and International Affairs. "And the judicial performance evaluation (JPE) system makes judges accountable, without affecting judicial independence."

Family Court Crisis: Surviving A Broken System is a moving new photography exhibition from the Center for Judicial Excellence in Marin County, California.

Learn more about the Photo Exhibit and read the personal stories of the men and women portrayed in the slideshow.

CPS Survey

If you or someone you know has been involved with Hawaii's Department of Child Welfare Services (regardless of what island you're on), please take a survey HERE.

If you are not in Hawaii but would like to participate, take the survey here.

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