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Volume 25 No. 107
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NFL Player Arrests Down Since League Beefed Up Policies In '15

NFL player arrests and criminal citations "have dropped" from about 57 per year to about 38 per year since "new policies took hold" in '15, according to Brent Schrotenboer of USA TODAY. Arrest rates for drunken driving and domestic violence "both have fallen," and DUI arrests are "down to about nine per year" since January '15, compared to 15 per year between '05-14. Domestic abuse arrests dipped from about seven per year between '05-14 to "about five per year" since '15. NFL Senior VP/Social Responsibility Anna Isaacson said, "We're a much more enlightened population, and that makes us stronger and better and I think also has an impact on actions." Schrotenboer notes the NFL still "considers one arrest to be too many," even if that is "not realistic." The past four years have "marked a transformation in punishment and prevention" for drunk driving. In September '14, the NFL and NFLPA "agreed to two-game suspensions for first-time DUI offenses instead of fines." Meanwhile, ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft have "exploded in popularity, making it easier to get home safely after partying." Isaacson said that the league's "beefed-up educational programs are designed to help players and staff gain broader understanding of sexual assault and domestic violence beyond just 'how to stay out of trouble.'" Schrotenboer notes this has "helped the league also make progress with domestic abuse," part of which may be measured by the "dip in arrests for such cases" since '15 (USA TODAY, 10/11).