The latest story from the CJ Project looks into two specialty courts offered by the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, the Domestic Violence Early Intervention Program and its more intensive, longer-term counterpart for individuals with multiple domestic violence charges: the Domestic Violence Solutions, Treatment, and Education Program. The programs aim to increase accountability, build resilience and coping strategies and break a cycle that sees the same people coming through the justice system on domestic violence charges. “We believe we have the tools to help people change their lives,” says Judge Rosemary Cosgrove-Aguilar, who presides over the Solutions, Treatment, and Education Program. Of the 596 participants who “graduated” from the Early Intervention Program between 2013 and 2015, only 44 have been re-arrested on domestic violence charges, a recidivism rate of 7.4 percent, according to the Metro Court.
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