Cost is high to jail parents for missed child support

– POST & COURIER, APRIL 25 2014, FEAT. PROF. ELIZABETH PATTERSON:

Up and down a second-floor hallway in the Charleston County Judicial Center, dozens of men and women sat on benches or stood along the wall waiting for a bailiff to call their name.

They came to court on Broad Street in church clothes and in jeans. One woman wore an apron from the Golden Corral.

Some were seen by a judge, but family court judges in Charleston can’t hear every child support payment case — there are too many of them.

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