Why I’m Against Mandatory Arrest Laws

Laws that mean well sometimes have unintended consequences

Meredith Kirby
Jun 26 · 5 min read
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Mandatory arrest laws ostensibly exist to protect victims of violence. They are designed to send the message that domestic violence is intolerable and will result in immediate consequences. While mandatory arrest laws seem to have been born of good intentions, in practice, they often have negative…