Legal Times chronicled the District of Columbia's handling of domestic violence complaints, from the police to the prosecutors to the courts, and found the record to be clearly wanting. To illustrate how the system worked on a micro level, the article highlighted one day's worth of domestic violence arrests and followed them through to conclusion. The results: 13 out of 15 alleged domestic batterers in the District were not even prosecuted; cases against the other two men were dismissed after the alleged victims either dropped the charges or failed to appear in court.
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