New Jersey law says defendants charged with violent crimes should "generally be rejected" from a pretrial intervention program like the one former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was admitted into this year.

Instead of potentially facing jail time for knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City casino, Rice was accepted into the program that allows him to avoid prosecution.

The decision to admit him into the program has been scrutinized for months, which intensified after TMZ Sports released a video showing the blow that knocked out Janay Palmer, now Rice's wife.

Advocates for victims of domestic violence accuse investigators of being lenient toward Rice and lawmakers have called for a review.

But defense attorneys say it's not uncommon for defendants with assault charges to qualify for pretrial intervention.