Roundup: Fast-tracking family violence cases pays off; women on probation, parole have more mental illness; stressing an old brain affects memory

A man who stabbed his girlfriend 12 times in February pled guilty to attempted murder yesterday, a little more than a month after the assault. The case was part of a project to fast-track family violence cases in Minneapolis area, according to this interesting report by David Chanen on StarTribune.com.

The Anoka County project, which started in September, already has dealt with 75 serious “intimate partner” domestic assault cases. Because prosecutors can assure victims that their case is on a fast track for trial, victims recant less and make fewer requests to modify or drop no-contact orders, county officials say. Victims quickly become comfortable with the legal process because the county offers a variety of social services, including counseling or chemical dependency treatment for the offender.

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