December 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
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Tags: domestic violence, Editorials, ND homicides, Opinion 2 Comments »
Perhaps one facet of the problem is the recent article on ND ranking so low in animal cruelty laws. It seems unlikely that a person who slits a dog’s throat or glues a cat to the road seems would come home and be a loving person to their spouse and children.
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If one looks at how the Cass County District Court (all ND courts for that matter) typically sentences domestic violence offenders you will see that supervised probation is almost never ordered yet in cases of drugs and property crime it is commonly ordered, even in msidemeanor level cases. Domestic violence offenders should be subject to supervision and monitoring. Compare Clay County’s practices where in every domestic violence case a domestic abuse assessment is ordered (per statute) and all offenders are placed on supervised probation. ND could take a lesson from it’s proactive neighbor MN.
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