Swafford Talks About Experience as Juvenile Judge

A profile of Bradley County Juvenile Court Judge Daniel Swafford in today’s Cleveland Daily Banner sheds light on his background, the type of situations he faces while sitting on the bench and how he deals with difficult issues such as neglected or abused children and methamphetamine abuse. He touts the innovative ideas the county has adopted, including a juvenile drug court – one of just a few in the state – and a program that uses high school coaches to talk to kids in detention. Reflecting on his service, Swafford says, “I’m blessed to have this job, and I give my best effort every day. [But] I go home sometimes and worry and cry about the stuff I have to deal with. We try to save every family, but some families can’t do it, and you’ve got to move on.”