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Janet Reno on Families & Children

Former Attorney General; Democratic Challenger FL Governor


Re-create family & community by prosecuting family crimes

She prosecuted child abuse; pursued delinquent fathers; introduced innovations in drug courts; and worked to provide for abandoned crack babies, to set up shelters for battered women, and to organize centers for children experiencing violence. Reno said, “recreating families and community [was] the only way to break the cycle of poverty, ignorance, and rage that causes the everyday tragedies-child abuse, rape, domestic violence, drug addiction, senseless murder and mayhem-that afflict society.
Source: Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd ed.; Gale Group Jan 1, 1999

Health care & education are building blocks of healthy kids

Here are the building blocks that I trying to pull together: A focus on domestic violence, health care, educare in the zero-through-three and zero-through-five [age range] through Headstart. Another building block is education, whether it be in those early years or in what we do to enhance teaching by reducing class size.
Source: Press Conference of Criminal Justice Journalists Nov 23, 1998

We've neglected our children & they've lost self-esteem

She considers youth violence "the greatest single crime problem we face." Reno realized that society couldn't afford to delay intervention until 16 year olds had wound up in court. "The most profound lesson I learned is that zero to three is the most formative time in a person's life. The conscience is developed and the concept of reward and punishment. What good are all the prisons if at 18, a child doesn't understand what punishment means and is totally lacking in remorse?"
Source: Doing the Right Thing, by Paul Anderson, p.258-259 Sep 15, 1993

Other governors on Families & Children: Janet Reno on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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