Commission on Children's Justice


Commission on Children's Justice

The Mississippi Supreme Court created the Commission on Children’s Justice in April 2006. The Commission laid the groundwork for the Supreme Court’s adoption of Uniform Rules of Youth Court Practice.

The Supreme Court reestablished the Commission by an order signed June 8, 2010, by Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. The order charges the Commission with developing a statewide comprehensive approach to improving the child welfare system; coordinating the three branches of government in assessing the impact of government actions on children who are abused or neglected; and recommending changes to improve children’s safety, strengthen and support families and promote public trust and confidence in the child welfare system.

Supreme Court Justice Dawn H. Beam of Sumrall and Rankin County Youth Court Judge Thomas H. Broome of Brandon are co-chairs. Judge Broome heads a subcommittee focused on the Youth Court system. Court of Appeals Judge Virginia Carlton of Columbia leads a subcommittee addressing education issues.

Other members of the Commission
Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Virginia Carlton, Jackson;
First District Chancellor Jacqueline Mask, Tupelo;
Seventeenth District Circuit Judge Celeste Wilson, Hernando;
Washington County Court and Youth Court Judge Vernita Johnson, Greenville;
Forrest County Court and Youth Court Judge Michael McPhail, Hattiesburg;
Jackson County Court and Youth Court Judge Sharon Sigalas, Pascagoula;
Lauderdale County Court and Youth Court Judge Veldore Young, Meridian;
Walthall County Youth Court Referee Conrad Mord, Tylertown;
Chief Justice Kevin Briscoe, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Choctaw;
Youth Court Judge Holly Denson Peters, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Choctaw;
Dr. Scott A. Benton, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson;
Dr. David A. Chandler, Commissioner of Child Protection Services, Louisville;
Dr. David Calder, Director of Children’s Advocacy Clinic, University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford;
Dr. John Damon, CEO, Canopy Children’s Solutions, Madison;
Mike Duggar, Executive Director, Mississippi United Methodist Children’s Homes, Clinton;
Tiffany Graves, Executive Director, Access to Justice Commission, Ridgeland;
Lyndsy Landry Irwin, Director, Division of Child Support, Mississippi Department of Human Services, Jackson;
Dr. Susan Johnstone, retired school psychologist, Tupelo public schools, Pontotoc;
Shirley Kennedy, Director of Children’s Advocacy Program, Mississippi College School of Law; Toni Kersh, Bureau Director, Department of Education Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement, Pearl;
James Maccarone, Director, Division of Youth Services, Department of Human Services, Jackson;
Rebecca Mansell, Director, Children’s Safe Center, Jackson;
Patti Marshall, retired Special Assistant Attorney General, Ridgeland;
Ginger Mathis Miller, Tate County Attorney, Senatobia;
Dr. Lisa Nored, Chair, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg;
Sandra Parks, Director, Division of Children and Youth Services, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Brandon;
Randy G. Pierce, Executive Director, Mississippi Judicial College, Oxford;
Angela Robertson, Associate Director and Research Professor, Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University, Starkville;
Craig Robertson, Co-founder 200 Million Flowers, Ridgeland;
Laurie Smith, Office of the Governor;
Karla Steckler Tye, Executive Director, Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Centers, Jackson;
Angelique C. White, Guardian Ad Litem, Gulfport.

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