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Judges Describe Agonizing Decisions

“The judges don’t have crystal balls. It’s just like a computer: garbage in, garbage out,” said James Marsh, president of the Children’s Law Center, who went on to give one reason that cases require close monitoring.

“A lot of times, there are other people living in the house, and there are people coming and going,” Marsh said. “The family is in one house one day, and they could be in another house the next day. It’s difficult for social workers who have 40 or 50 cases to get out there and visit the home.”

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