Dallas judge oversees new program for domestic violence convicts

02/17/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Dallas – A Dallas judge is overseeing a program designed to decrease the incidence of repeat offenses by domestic violence convicts. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Rick Magnis, a state district judge, has more hands on involvement with keeping track of the actions of offenders who were sentenced to probation following their conviction in accordance with the program.

Magnis is quoted by the AP as stating, “A lot of these guys are getting probation because the state doesn’t have a strong case, because the complainant is not being cooperative… They’re not getting probation because the state or the prosecutor thinks that they deserve it, or that they’re not high-risk. It’s because this is the only disposition they can come up with that he’ll accept.”

Those in the program are required to make court appearances each week in addition to meeting other conditions.

Executive director of The Family Place women’s shelter, Paige Flink, is quoted as stating to WFAA-TV of the program, “This is a different type of program, because it’s an after-the-fact program … after they’re put on probation, when they think they might be able to get away with something, when they’ve not had to go to prison.”

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