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  NCJ Number: NCJ 201879     Find in a Library
  Title: Sacramento County, California, Arrest Policies Project: A Process Evaluation
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): Neal Miller
  Corporate Author: Institute for Law and Justice
United States of America
  Date Published: 09/2000
  Page Count: 16
  Annotation: This report presents the findings and recommendations of a process evaluation of the Arrest Policies project in Sacramento County (California), which was funded under a Federal grant intended to encourage jurisdictions to implement mandatory or proarrest policies as an effective domestic-violence intervention that is part of a coordinated community response to domestic violence.
  Abstract: The focus of the Arrest Policies grant to Sacramento County was the establishment of a Domestic Violence Home Court to handle all preliminary non-evidentiary matters in domestic violence misdemeanor and felony cases. All other nondomestic-violence charges against a defendant in Home Court are assigned to this court. The prosecutor's special Domestic Violence Unit for felony cases was upgraded to permit the handling of misdemeanor cases and all domestic-violence felony cases. A third initiative under the Arrest Policies project was the funding of a special probation unit that would provide intensive supervision for the most serious domestic-violence probationers. The process evaluation of the project was based on a 3-day site visit in early June 2000 and follow-up telephone calls. The process objectives included the reinforcement of police involvement in domestic-violence cases by displaying prosecution and court responsiveness to arrest; the centralization of all preliminary matters in domestic-violence cases before a judge who has been trained in the dynamics of domestic violence; increased sensitivity to victim needs by criminal justice personnel; improved probation supervision for domestic-violence probationers; and the provision of crisis intervention services to victims in court. Performance objectives included reduced recidivism among first-time, low-level misdemeanor offenders and reduced sentencing variability. The evaluation concluded that both the prosecutor and probation offices in Sacramento County have significantly improved their respective officers' response to domestic violence. A strong foundation has been laid for a coordinated multiagency response to domestic violence in the county. More local resources for probation may be required, however, so as to ensure that recent gains are not lost.
  Main Term(s): Female victims
  Index Term(s): Records management ; Court of limited jurisdiction ; Interagency cooperation ; Victim services ; Domestic assault ; Private sector-government cooperation ; Court procedures ; Victim services training ; Domestic assault prevention ; Victims of violence ; Police domestic violence training ; Domestic assault arrest policies ; NIJ grant-related documents ; California
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 98-WE-VX-0012
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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United States of America

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United States of America
  Type: Program/Project Evaluation
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Dataset may be archived by the NIJ Data Resources Program at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
   
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