Ray Rice Makes NJ Lawmakers Rethink Pre-Trial Intervention for Violent Offenders

September 12, 2014 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Recently, the Atlantic County Prosecutor allowed for Ray Rice to enter the pre-trial intervention (PTI) program.

Amidst all of the scandal surrounding his assault charges, a South Jersey Assemblywoman suggested that NJ seriously reconsider whether it ought to allow people who commit violent acts to gain admission into PTI.

Ray Rice

Ray Rice, whose domestic violence case has caused New Jersey lawmakers to reconsider the standards for acceptance into the Pre-Trial Intervention program. (Photo Source: Wikipedia)

State Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera raised the issue after seeing a video depicting Ray Rice throwing a punch and knocking out his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in the elevator at Revel, a hotel and casino in Atlantic City back in February.

The Assemblywoman explained, “After seeing this very graphic video of the events that had previously been reported, it’s all the more puzzling as to how the county prosecutor reached a decision that Pre-Trial Intervention was the appropriate course of discipline in this case. It’s confounding, actually.”

She continued, “In light of this, I think we need to reexamine the PTI law to make sure it is being applied appropriately and not misused in any way.”

Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain noted in his statement that his office approved Ray Rice’s request for pre-trial intervention “after careful consideration of the information contained in Mr. Rice’s application in light of all of the facts gathered during the investigation.”

In an interview in July, Rice said the physical assault with his now-wife was “a one-time incident,” and called his actions “inexcusable.”

Mr. Rice is required to undergo counseling and if he successfully completes the program, his arrest record will be expunged entirely.

After the video of the assault went viral, Mr. Rice was officially released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the National Football League.

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