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Veteran Arrest Study, El Paso County

Veteran Arrest Study, El Paso County

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Published by Gordon Duff
Analysis of veteran and military arrest statistics.
Analysis of veteran and military arrest statistics.

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Published by: Gordon Duff on Apr 23, 2013
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 Analysis of Veteran Arrests El Paso County, Colorado 
 Charles E. Corry, Ph.D.President, Equal Justice FoundationFellow, Geological Society of America David W. Stockburger, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Psychology Missouri State University
  Date: April 22, 2013 Report is available online at http://ej 
 fi
.org/PDF/EJF_EPCO_vet_arrest_study.pdf 
 455 Bear Creek RoadColorado Springs, CO 80906-5820
 Telephone:
 (719) 520-1089
 Email:
 comments@ejfi.org
 Web site
 www.ejfi.org
 Domestic Violence Against Men in Colorado:
 www.dvmen.org
 Facebook
 www.facebook.com/ejfi.org
 
 Analysis of Veteran Arrests in El Paso County, Colorado 
 Equal Justice Foundation455 Bear Creek RoadColorado Springs, CO 80906Page i
 Table of Contents 
 Abstract - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -1Introduction - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -3
 Background - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3
  Record number of disabled from these conflicts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Media coverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
 Related studies - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6Objectives of this report - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7
 Veteran Arrest And Booking Data - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -9
 Overview - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9
 Summary of data provided by daily reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
 Veterans arrested and booked in 2011- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10
 Total bookings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Estimated number of veterans initially booked in 2011. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10Percentage arrested and booked for the first time during study period . . . . . . . . . .11Percentage rearrested during study period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11Frequency of rearrests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Day of the week for veteran arrests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
 Demographics- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14
 Sex of offenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
 Age distribution - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15
 General CJC population including veterans in 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Discharged veterans booked during calendar year 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Active-duty military arrests — calendar year 2011. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18Percent of inmates who are veterans booked into CJC in 2011 vs. age . . . . . . . . . .18
 Veteran crime data - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20
  High charge — How many veterans and active-duty military were arrested and booked  for felony, misdemeanor, traffic, civil, etc. offenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
 Crime categories for veterans booked into CJC- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22
 Crime categorization of charges against veterans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22Crime categories of offenses broken out by sex. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
 Drugs, substance abuse, and induced violence- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 23
 Prescribed medications known to be associated with violent behavior. . . . . . . . . . .25
 Sex offenses - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 26
 Veterans are more commonly charged with sex offenses than the general public . .26 
 
 Analysis of Veteran Arrests in El Paso County, Colorado 
 Equal Justice Foundation455 Bear Creek RoadColorado Springs, CO 80906Page ii
 Domestic Violence and Veterans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 28
 Background - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 28Domestic violence and PTSD - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 28
 Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) defined. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29What PTSD looks like to an intimate partner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Destructive and deadly impact. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33Financial consequences of a domestic violence conviction for a veteran. . . . . . . . .34Problems for the frontline peace officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35Overzealous prosecution and dysfunctional courts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
 Domestic violence veteran arrest data analyses - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 36
 Felonies, false allegations, and domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37  Is race an issue in domestic violence among veterans?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38Categories of crimes under which veterans were also charged with DV . . . . . . . . .38Protection order violations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Age of veterans charged with domestic violence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
 Summary- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 41
 Veterans Charged With Homicide and Attempted Murder - - - - - - - - 42
 Homicides and domestic violence - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 45
 PTSD and strangulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Burden on prosecutor to establish both mens rea and actus reus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 
 How well do current practices protect and preserve public safety? - - - - - - - - - - - - 47
 Observations - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 51
 What are we missing? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 51Arrest scenarios - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 52
  Blame the victim. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Make it impossible to comply with court orders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53Use his disabilities and injuries against him. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 New laws add to veteran problems while decreasing public safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
 A “justice” system that is criminogenic- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 55
  Arrest and conviction often result in more violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Reasons for reentry failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 
 Fix the problem, not the blame- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 56
  Deterrents in current justice system are of little value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56  Early intervention is essential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
 Biology, mental health, and veteran arrests- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 58
  Dissociation from events and other involuntary acts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Aging and veteran arrests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Dementia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60Calling domestic violence and sexual assault what they are not. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61Perimenopause and domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64Sexual assault and rape under current laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Drinking, drugs, and drivers license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70Pain medications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71

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