Women's Rights Group To Rally For Battered Woman To Win Clemency

UltraViolet, the national women's rights group, is organizing a gathering outside the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Monday as it considers Tondalo Hall's case.

Demonstrators will call on Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to vote in favor of clemency for Tondalo Hall, whose case is set to be considered on Monday.

Hall was sentenced to 30 years in prison for failing to protect her children from her violent boyfriend, Robert Braxton. Braxton admitted to breaking the ribs and femur of their young daughter — but he received only a two-year sentence. Hall alleged in and out of court that she, too, had been violently abused by Braxton, saying that he had choked and punched her.

A BuzzFeed News investigation found that Hall was one of at 28 mothers in 11 states who had been sentenced to 10 or more years in prison for failing to protect their children from abusers — despite evidence the mothers themselves had been abused.

The five members of the parole board will vote next week on whether Hall's application is worth further consideration. If they vote no, she will remain in prison for at least 15 more years, when she will become eligible for parole.

If she passes Monday's vote, then she will go before the parole board again at a "personal appearance" hearing. At that point Hall will be invited to give testimony, and so will people wanting to speak for or against her case.

After that hearing, the parole board can vote for one of three options: keep her in prison for her full sentence, shorten her sentence, or set her free right away.

If the parole board recommends reducing or ending her sentence, Gov. Mary Fallin has final say on whether or not to approve such a move.

UltraViolet has been involved in the case since November, when the group sent around a petition demanding Hall be set free. The petition garnered 70,000 signatures. The group also organized a small protest outside the parole board in March.

The protestors will begin to gather at 6 p.m. outside the parole board's main office in Oklahoma City.

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