Research was released Monday that claims that mandatory arrest causes early death in domestic violence victims and particularly African American victims. The research is based on the Milwaukee mandatory arrest study from 1988. The National Network to End Domestic Violence has issued a news release in response. So far, there is some coverage in the UK. We are expecting some local coverage in Wisconsin and we tend to think national coverage will follow shortly.
Our message is that attributing death to arrest is a flawed conclusion; however, we urge law enforcement and researchers to evaluate the criminal justice systems’ disparate impact on African American victims.