In 1988, Clinton set out his latest family policy, deigned to support the survival of two- parent families and the growing number of single parents. Clinton proposed providing cash assistance and Medicaid to two parent families, providing that at least one parent remain n the home for six months out of the year and that the parents enroll in education, training, and work programs. For single parents, Clinton called for child care and medical coverage so that the parent could work during the day. Governor Clinton also argued that absentee parents delinquent in their child support payments should have their debts automatically deducted from their paychecks.
Clinton also succeeded in tightening enforcement of child support laws and in reforming the juvenile justice system He signed into law a bill mandating military style “boot camps” – instead of jail – for first time offenders. At these camps, the young offenders were subject to a strict disciplinary regimen and were given rehabilitation and training in order to get a second chance. Statistics have shown that very few boot camp graduates end up in prison a second time.
Clinton also worked hard getting his education reform package through the legislature. He established an Office of Accountability within the state Department of Education, to issue report cards on educational quality. He implemented a public school choice plan. He gave the Department of Education power to step in and take over school districts suffering from lowest scores, and required college faculty to submit to annual performance evaluations.
In 1990, Clinton was called upon to enforce the state's death penalty law, which preceded his term of office. As of 1989, there were 31 inmates on death row in Arkansas.