Martha Coakley on Families & Children



PACWatch on DCF: not to fix it but to fight it

Baker sharply criticized Coakley for defending the state from a lawsuit filed by a children's advocacy group that has accused the Department of Children and Families of failing to properly care for foster children. He said her decision "not to fix it but to fight it" showed "a lack of judgment."

Coakley responded by pointing out that the case was dismissed by a judge, and said she was right to push back against "outside lawyers suing us with a one-size-fits-all solution."

The problems at DCF surfaced again when the candidates watched clips of attack ads being run on their behalf by Super PACs, including one ad that harshly criticizes Coakley for fighting the lawsuit. Coakley called the ad "heinous" and said it essentially argues that "I sat by while children we killed. That's outrageous."

But Baker said that while he disagreed with the tone of the ad, the questions it raised about her fight against the lawsuit were legitimate.

Source: Boston Globe PacWatch on 2014 Massachusetts Governor debate , Oct 21, 2014

Mandatory prosecution of restraining order violations

Coakley has been a supporter of current restraining order policies as Middlesex County District Attorney from 1999 to 2007 and as Attorney General since 2007. She has also supported mandatory prosecution of restraining order violations, even when those violations are trivial, unintentional, or harmless.

On the Greater Boston television show, Coakley defended restraining order policies on the show, and did not acknowledge the need for any changes.

Source: Fathers & Families email on 2010 MA Senate debate , Jan 14, 2010

Victim-centered prosecution of crimes against children

Under her leadership as Middlesex District Attorney, the office's Child Abuse Prosecution Unit continued to serve as a national model for victim-centered prosecution of crimes against children. Coakley was also responsible for extending that model to sexual crimes against adults, establishing the office's Adult Sexual Assault Division in 2002. During her tenure as District Attorney, Coakley oversaw the successful prosecution of a number of high profile crimes, including the cases of several Catholic priests charged with sexually abusing children, the conviction of Michael McDermott on seven counts of first degree murder in connection with the workplace massacre at Edgewater Technologies in Wakefield, and the successful prosecution of Thomas Junta, the Reading father who fatally beat another parent at a youth hockey practice.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, marthacoakley.com, "About" , Sep 3, 2009

Prosecuted against no-show jobs at MBTA

Attorney General Coakley's Office has reached an agreement with a Domino's Pizza franchise in Framingham to settle allegations of child labor violations. Domino's agreed to pay $15,000 in penalties primarily for employing minors beyond permitted work hours and maximum daily hours.

An investigation revealed that on 66 occasions between April 2007 and June 2008, the restaurant employed 15-year-old workers beyond 7 PM on a school night, the latest permissible hour for a 15-year-old to work during the school year. The investigation also revealed that a 15-year-old worked more than eight hours in a day in violation of the maximum hours permitted for 15-year-olds.

The Massachusetts Child Labor laws include restrictions on both the occupations in which minors may be employed, as well as the hours during which they may work. The law also requires employers to ensure that teens have proper work permits prior to beginning work, and that employers post all minors' work schedules in the workplace.

Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Sep 17, 2008

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