Specialization in Criminal Courts: Decision Making, Recidivism, and Re-victimization in Domestic Violence Courts in Tennessee

56 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2021 Last revised: 22 Jan 2024

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Aria Golestani

Northeastern University - School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Emily Owens

University of California, Irvine

Kerri Raissian

University of Connecticut

Date Written: September 14, 2021

Abstract

We evaluate specialized domestic violence (DV) courts' using administrative data on misdemeanor cases in Davidson County, TN between 2000-2006. We find that DV defendants arbitrarily assigned to specialized courts are more likely go to trial, and less likely to be convicted, than those in traditional court. DV victims in cases assigned to specialized courts are less likely to be involved in future DV incidents, but more likely to cooperate with police than those assigned to traditional courts. Defendants assigned to DV vs. traditional courts are no more or less likely to be charged with a future crime.

Keywords: domestic violence, judicial specialization

JEL Classification: K4

Suggested Citation

Golestani, Aria and Owens, Emily and Raissian, Kerri, Specialization in Criminal Courts: Decision Making, Recidivism, and Re-victimization in Domestic Violence Courts in Tennessee (September 14, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3923832 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3923832

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Emily Owens

University of California, Irvine

Kerri Raissian (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut ( email )

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