It seems that the NFL may not be the only institution that chose to turn the other cheek in the Ray Rice domestic violence case. The pretrial intervention program that Rice was offered by the New Jersey prosecution is actually given to less 1% of domestic violence offenders from 2010-2013.
n 2013, for example, 15,130 domestic violence cases made their way through the New Jersey court system. Of those, 3,508 involved some level of assault. Of those, 30 cases — less than 1 percent — wound up with pretrial intervention as the outcome (496 domestic assault cases from 2013 were unresolved).
Atlantic County prosecutor James McClain has denied several requests to comment of the office’s decision on Rice. A spokesperson did issue a statement regarding the lenient punishment that was given.
“Mr. Rice received the same treatment in the court system that any first-time offender in similar circumstances has received.”
Obviously, statistics suggest otherwise.