Published: June, 2013| Janelle Kendall, Becky Bales Cramlet, Lt. James Mortenson

In 2009, the Stearns County Domestic Violence Partnership opened the nation’s first repeat felony domestic violence court. The court identifies repeat felony domestic violence offenders at the initial arrest stage. Once identified as appropriate for this specialized court, defendants are mandated to immediate pretrial intensive supervision that includes drug and alcohol testing and quick access to treatment, if necessary, as well as strict no contact and behavior conditions. Janelle Kendall describes the evolution of this court and co-present with law enforcement and corrections partners to detail how law enforcement collaborates with probation to provide this intensive supervision.