Judge Payne currently serves as Director of the Department of Children Services for the Daniels' administration. He, in effect, ran the juvenile center during the 20 years he presided as juvenile court judge. Nowhere in the Star report does it call into question his fitness to lead Indiana's statewide effort to reform child services, a top priority of the Daniels' administration, despite the scathing conclusions it reaches about his administration of Marion Co.'s juvenile justice system. The Star does offer these 7 solutions:
- Reduce the overuse of harsh discipline by schools.
- Expand community mental health care.
- Make juvenile court records available to the public.
- Add judges.
- Limit the waiver of counsel.
- Adopt the Missouri model (i.e. replace large reformatories with therapeutic centers and group homes).
- Add teeth to the state's oversight of county-run detention centers.
And who will be in charge of implementing these changes at the state level? That would be Judge James Payne, the man the Star quietly tells us is largely responsible for creating this mess.