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Bill gives judges discretion when sentencing domestic violence survivors

from The Legislative Gazette

Advocates for women in prison are pushing for passage of a bill that would allow judges to use their discretion when sentencing survivors of domestic violence for crimes they commit as a result of their abuse. It would also allow domestic violence survivors convicted of crimes directly related to the abuse they suffered to shorter prison terms or community-based alternative-to-incarceration programs, and would allow currently incarcerated survivors to apply to the courts to be resentenced and to come home earlier. more


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