Target: Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board Chairperson Vanessa Price
Goal: Commute sentence of abused woman given 30 years in prison for being unable to protect her child from assault.
A victim of ongoing and brutal domestic abuse was given 15 times the amount of years behind bars as the man who broke her child’s leg and ribs because she failed to protect the 3-month-old from him. Although the man was found guilty of the horrific assault on an infant, he was only sentenced to two years in prison. The mother, Tondalo Hall, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for “failure to protect” her child from her abuser.
This sentence was handed down in spite of the fact that Hall’s lawyer demonstrated how she had been abused by this man for a long time. The judge even admitted that Hall seemed to fear him. But somehow, this woman who could not protect herself from beatings and strangling to the point that she feared for her life was expected to be able to stop him from assaulting her child, and as a result was given 15 times the prison sentence as the man who actually assaulted a baby.
This makes no logical sense. Hall is a victim and does not deserve to spend 30 years in jail. She’s already been separated from her child for nine years while her abuser has been free for seven. This is a gross miscarriage of justice, but she’s to appear in front of the parole board in two weeks. Sign this petition to demand the parole board commute her sentence and set this woman who is clearly not a threat to society free.
Dear Ms. Price,
I am writing to speak up for Ms. Tondalo Hall, a woman who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for failing to protect her 3-month-old daughter from an assault by her abusive partner. The assault resulted in a broken femur and broken ribs in the infant, yet somehow the man responsible for the assault was only given two years behind bars. This is 15 times less than Ms. Hall’s sentence.
This is a stark miscarriage of justice. Hall herself had been a victim of abuse from her partner for quite some time. He had attacked her on multiple occasions and the judge who oversaw the trial stated that she appeared to fear the man. Yet somehow she was given 15 times the amount of prison time as the man who attacked her baby because she was too terrified to stop him.
Ms. Hall has already been behind bars for nine years. It’s more than enough. Being in an abusive relationship is a more difficult and terrifying situation than you can imagine if you haven’t been in one yourself, and too many victims end up in jail for trying to defend themselves or for not defending others out of fear for their lives. Please end this injustice by commuting Ms. Hall’s sentence when she appears before your board.
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