Weekly Round-up September 29th, 2014

Pilot Program to Prevent Domestic Violence:

  • Brooklyn District Attorney, Kenneth Thompson has launched a program into domestic violence prevention. Prosecutors will examine all domestic violence cases to determine if there is a high risk that the offender will murder the victim. The District Attorney’s Office received a grant of $650,000 to run this program from the Department of Justice.
  • For each domestic violence case, the prosecutor will assess the defendant’s behavior against a tool called Danger Assessment, developed by Jacquelyn Campbell at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. The Danger Assessment uses factors such as whether the defendant owns a gun, if the defendant employed, and whether there have been incidents of violence in the past. If the defendant scores high on this assessment, the prosecutor will pass the case on to a special team consisting of representatives from the district attorney’s office, the police department, and Safe Horizon, a group providing assistance to domestic violence victims. This group will weigh the defendant’s threat level and recommend that the defendant stay in jail if they pose a high risk of repetitive, lethal violence.

Immigration:

  • From May to August, an estimated 40,000 migrants entering the U.S. in family units were apprehended at the border. However, because there was not enough space to keep individuals in detention, many of them were given the opportunity to stay with family members in the U.S. as they continued to go through deportation proceedings.
  • The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has stated that 70 percent of the people apprehended at the border and then released, have not reported to the agency, even though they were told to do so.
  • Though many of the migrants are not checking in with ICE, they may have been appearing in immigration court.
  • If individuals are considered a flight risk, once they check in with ICE, ICE may place an electronic ankle bracelet on them, which monitors their movement. Other individuals that check in with ICE may only be told to check in again in a few weeks.
  • Immigration advocates insist that this data can be misleading without more information. Royce Bernstein Murray, the director of policy at the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center stated, “This data contradicts everything we have known about people complying with orders to report… We need to understand this data in detail to find out where gaps can be addressed.” To learn more about this, click here. (Wall Street Journal)

Brides March for Domestic Violence Awareness:

  • The 14th Annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk, informally known as the Brides March, took place in New York City on Friday September 26, 2014. The march spanned seven miles from Manhattan into the Bronx and featured women in wedding dresses and men dressed in black. The Mayor’s Office of Domestic Violence and City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, also participated in the walk.
  • The walk is aimed at raising awareness for domestic violence and to provide information on available services for victims of domestic violence. It is also held in memory of Gladys Ricart who was killed by her ex-boyfriend on her wedding day in 1999.