This post is simple and to the point.
The REGJB needs a child care facility. We suggest the area once occupied by the legal library.
The building is crowded and gets more crowded everyday.
Child care for the most affluent attorneys and judges among us is difficult at best.
Child care for those facing tough times, and for those who have loved ones incarcerated is next to impossible. Even for parents of young children who have less serious court appearances, it can be stressful and difficult to have to worry about a case and a child.
Children are our most precious asset.
If we want to break the circle of incarceration and recidivism, the time to start is now.
No child should have to see their parent in trouble before a judge.
Our building has the room to accommodate a playroom and safe space for children.
There are several ways to pay for such a facility and service.
We're guessing 100K a year should cover three part time staff people and toys, but not rent. Insurance could raise the budget some more. A third of that could be raised by charging a few dollars an hour. A third could be raised through charitable donations by attorneys and discretionary court fines. And we need to find a way to pay the final third.
The point is, the building needs child care.
Let’s get it done.
The eyes of Florida are upon our building during the trial this week of the man accused of murdering a young girl. Perhaps there is no better time for us to demonstrate our dedication to the children in our community.
PS: No judges have taken up our offer for a Sunday Blog spot. Anyone else interested?
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