Published: September, 2000| Sharonna Lee, Kristine Lizdas, J.D., Connie Sponsler, Edited by Denise Gamache

BWJP decided to focus its initial examination on two specific interactions, based on the chronology of case processing and in response to concerns raised by the Family Violence Coordinating Council. BWJP audited the initial police response to domestic violence calls, and the post-arrest process of releasing defendants from custody up to the arraignment. This report addresses law enforcement, bail evaluation and pre-trial release.