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Hurting dads, hurting kids
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'In Baltimore, the collection of child support has been outsourced to a private, for-profit company, a subsidiary of Maximus Corp., whose website lauds its ability to "improve collections." This incentivizes a zero-tolerance approach to child-support enforcement, despite research indicating that certain well-defined arrearages will never be collected. In addition, the hidden cost of this merciless and relentless collection process on the underclass of Baltimore is rarely discussed. It results in substantial detriment to young men's lives and thwarts their participation in the formal labor force.
Let's start with wage garnishment. If you owe more than 12 weeks' worth of child support, you can have up to 65 percent of your take-home wages garnished. Let's say you manage to get a job making $10 an hour. This could leave you with as little as $3.50 an hour to pay for rent, utilities, transportation, food and clothing, not to mention caring for your kids.
Being more than 60 days in arrears also allows the state to garnish your bank assets — so forget about having a bank account. The state can take liens on your personal and real property, if you have any. And Maryland will not only suspend your driver's license but prevent you from holding any professional license in the state.
Even bankruptcy will not remove or restructure child-support debt. If you file income taxes, Maryland will intercept them. How do you get ahead?
If you're a single man in your 20s, with an eighth grade education and two young children who need food and clothing — and your only meaningful work experience happens to be selling drugs — then your options narrow quickly to that which got you locked up in the first place.
Today, in just five West Baltimore ZIP Codes, there is more than $37 million in child support arrears that will likely never be collected, but have been outsourced to Maximus. So, the collection process will continue unabated, and its socioeconomic impacts will continue to prevent young men from joining the formal economy, literally for the rest of their lives.
In this way, the child-support system actively perpetuates the drug trade. This makes no sense. I think we can do a lot better.'
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