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  NCJ Number: NCJ 191861   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Specialized Felony Domestic Violence Courts: Lessons on Implementation and Impacts From the Kings County Experience
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): Lisa Newmark ; Mike Rempel ; Kelly Diffily ; Kamala M. Kane
  Corporate Author: Fund for the City of New York
United States of America

The Urban Institute
United States of America

Center for Court Innovation
United States of America
  Date Published: 10/2001
  Page Count: 146
  Annotation: This report evaluates key features of Brooklyn's Felony Domestic Violence Court Model.
  Abstract: The report traces the Court's development, implementation, challenges, evolution, and expansion. A pre/post evaluation study examined how the model influences case processing, outcomes, and recidivism. The report is based on qualitative research methods, including interviews with key court and partner agency personnel, observation of courtroom proceedings, and attendance at coordination meetings. It also draws on statistical analyses of data provided by the Office of Court Administration on Court Cases, and on documents prepared by the Center for Court Innovation and others. The existence of the specialized court seemed to change the types of cases entering it, in that prosecutors were more likely to indict cases with less severe police charges than before. This may have influenced case processing, disposition, and sentencing patterns. The Court's victims were more likely to be assigned an advocate, and defendants on pre-disposition release were more likely to be required to participate in a batterers' intervention program. The Court itself produced a higher rate of disposition by guilty plea, which saves the system time and money. Interpretations of recidivism findings are severely constrained by limitations in the recidivism data and the pre/post design. Criminal history, especially criminal contempt of court orders, predicted how well defendants performed pre- and post-disposition. Notes, figures, tables, references, appendixes
  Main Term(s): Courts
  Index Term(s): Court reorganization ; Family courts ; Recidivism ; Sentencing/Sanctions ; State courts ; Domestic assault ; Court social services ; NIJ final report ; New York
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 97-WT-VX-0005
  Sale Source: The Urban Institute
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  Type: Program Description (Model)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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