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Criminal Justice Issues for Arizona,
Issue 3

Pinal County Domestic-Violence Court, Some Early but Encouraging Results

Pinal County’s specialized court for domestic-violence cases offers some promising results for dealing with this common and complex offense, according to the third issue of Morrison Institute’s on-line series, Criminal Justice Issues for Arizona.

Pinal County’s domestic-violence court model handles DV felony cases in the Superior Court in Pinal County and misdemeanor cases in the Apache Junction and Eloy justice courts. This briefing analyzes data collected in the court’s database; as of April 2008, 666 case records of domestic-violence offenders had been processed by one of the three courts.

Key findings include:

• Offenders showed a significant increase in their self-reported coping abilities and in their satisfaction with the criminal-justice system during their period of supervision.

• Offenders showed a significant decrease in their self-reported propensity for abusiveness to an intimate partner during their period of supervision.

• Only 9% of offenders committed another offense while in the program.


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