As Racine County Circuit Court Judge, Jamie McClendon wants to work with the community in the following ways:
Make sure the juvenile justice system works with Racine Unified School District to reduce the expulsion rate and improve the school environment so teachers can focus on teaching students. As a judge, Jamie will structure orders to ensure social workers, families, and educators work together to develop a plan to give children the tools and support to do well both in and out of the classroom.
Reduce the recidivism rate in Racine by working with the Department of Corrections and probation agents. A judge must stay up-to-date on the types services and programs available in Racine County to individuals once they are released back into the community. Maintaining open lines of communication between the DOC and judges are paramount to the success of keeping Racine County safe.
Fast track domestic abuse cases to reduce the collateral harm it can cause for the family. Domestic cases can cause an already unstable family to completely deteriorate. This can have a negative and lasting impact on any children in the family. Jamie wants to make sure there are safety measures in place within 10 days of the date of the offense to prevent any future harm or threats to the victims.
"I have an energy, maybe it’s hopefulness, that I can do something. I want to be able to navigate my own path and still have the energy and vigor to change things.”