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WATCH Report Part II: The Impact of MN's Felony Strangulation Law

In January 2007, WATCH published a report on the initial impact of Minnesota's felony strangulation statute that included a review of 59 strangulation cases charged in Hennepin County during the first six months of the law's implementation (August 1, 2005 to January 31, 2006). Since that time, WATCH has presented locally and nationally on Minnesota's strangulation statute and has assisted other states in pushing for similar legislation.

To further assess the ongoing impact of the law, WATCH conducted a comparable study of Hennepin County strangulation cases charged two years after the first review (August 1, 2007 to January 31, 2008).