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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Controversial Child Abuse Registries


Iowa's 51,960-name child abuse registry could get an overhaul in the wake of complaints that the list damages reputations and job prospects for the accused before they've had a fair hearing.

Appeals took an average of 273 days in 2008, the most recent year available. About one-fourth of the appeals that reached a hearing were reversed.

It takes no conviction in court to end up on the registry - only a finding by Iowa Department of Human Services staff that it was "more likely than not" that the person neglected a child or, in a much smaller number of cases, abused a child.

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The criminal justice system responds to family violence, including child abuse, as crime. The criminal justice system aims to hold the offender accountable for the acts of child abuse, and to do so using a rigorous standard of evidence. At the same time, the criminal justice system does not and cannot assert any authority or control over the non-offending parent's life because under the criminal system the non-offending parent has not committed any crime

Posted by: Investigation Services | Mar 5, 2011 9:42:33 PM

In Oklahoma, our DHS system (which is designed to protect children from abuse / neglect) is about to receive an overhaul as well.

Posted by: Divorce Forms | Jul 15, 2012 7:28:55 AM

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