Governor Names Judge Scott to Child Protection Board

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named Rutherford County Juvenile Court Judge Donna Scott as one of seven to represent the judicial branch in the Three Branches Institute. The institute is an initiative of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) that brings together members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches to strengthen the state’s child protection and juvenile justice systems. The group is looking at how the state’s child protection system works; how standardized assessments are used by the courts and DCS; whether to implement uniform data collection processes; how alternatives to incarceration may be used in juvenile cases; and how to allocate resources to support community-driven solutions. It will continue working through August 2014. WGNS Radio has the story.