Finally Incarcerated Victims of Domestic Violence May See Some Relief
Date:  01-12-2015

New York and other states are recognizing that killing an abusive partner may be the only horrible option for some
For those who might have missed Victoria Law’s well researched and compelling article that was posted on New Year’s Day by Al Jazeera America, Reentry Central would like to cross post it here. An excerpt from the article appears below. Law writes:

“Survivors of abuse and trauma are incredibly common in prisons across the country. The U.S. Department of Justice found that more than half of women in jails and prisons were abused prior to incarceration. According to the New York state Department of Correctional and Community Services, 67 percent of women sent to prison for killing someone close to them had been abused by that person. A full 90 percent of prisoners at Bedford Hills haveexperienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes.

“That we continue to punish survivors in this way, with as much as we’ve learned about domestic violence over the years, truly shocks the conscience,” says Tamar Kraft-Stolar, director of the Women in Prison Project of the Correctional Association of New York, an advocacy organization that monitors New York state prisons. “Every time we visit a prison, we meet women who have been locked up for decades because they protected themselves. It’s a devastating example of the overuse of incarceration and it needs to end.”