Her 30-year jail sentence provoked widespread outrage. But after losing a bid for clemency, Tondalo Hall wrote to BuzzFeed to share a message of thanks and hope.
City leaders respond to a BuzzFeed News investigation that revealed the practice is widespread.
People in Texas get thrown behind bars just because they can't afford their traffic tickets. That's a disaster for people who are already struggling. It's also completely against the law. A BuzzFeed News investigation.
Tondalo Hall is serving a 30 year prison sentence for failing to protect her children from her abusive ex-boyfriend. The man, who admitted to breaking their baby's leg, got out in two years. Hall, who was not ultimately accused of child abuse, must stay in prison.
Tondalo Hall will not be released early from her 30-year sentence for failing to protect her children from her abusive partner. The man who actually harmed her child got just two years.
Oklahoma’s parole board voted Monday to grant Tondalo Hall a full clemency hearing, the first step in her bid to leave prison early. Hall is pleading for mercy on her 30-year sentence for failing to protect her children from a violent abuser. The man who actually harmed her child got just 2 years.
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.
Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that will make truancy a civil offense rather than a criminal one. A BuzzFeed News investigation had found that more than 1,000 Texas teenagers had been ordered to jail after skipping school.
Tondalo Hall faces a long and difficult battle for clemency, but a crucial first step will take place this month. Ultimately, her decision rests with five parole board members and Gov. Mary Fallin.
BuzzFeed News interviewed some of the people who were instrumental in getting a proposal before the Texas governor that would end the Lone Star State's practice of jailing truant kids. Here are their stories.
Gov. Abbott has up to two weeks to determine the fate of a proposal that would end the practice of locking up students for missing school. The proposal has strong backing from the conservative “Right on Crime” project.
The case of Tondalo Hall, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for failing to protect her children from abuse — while the actual abuser got only two years — will go before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board later this month. The case, part of a BuzzFeed News investigation, has received attention from a national advocacy group.
A reform plan was sent to Gov. Greg Abbott that would make truancy a civil matter instead of a criminal one and end the practice of locking up students for missing school. The move follows a Buzzfeed News investigation into widespread jailing of teens.
A complaint filed Wednesday with the Texas Education Agency says districts have illegally used truancy court to force students with disabilities out of school and that the state has failed to prevent the practice.
State lawmakers nixed a proposed statute that would criminalize parents who don't protect their children from abusers. Similar laws in other states have lead to the imprisonment of battered women.
As the Texas legislature considers decriminalizing truancy, emails obtained by BuzzFeed News show opposition from counties to a provision that would allow judges to appoint an attorney when “it is in the best interest of the child.”
The Vermont House of Representatives has turned down a Senate measure that would allow the prosecution of parents who fail to protect their children. Some citing a recent BuzzFeed News investigation, worry it would lead to the imprisonment of battered women.
Fort Bend Independent School District, outside Houston, has announced that it will stop sending truant students to court. The announcement comes days after a BuzzFeed News investigation revealed that students in that county had been jailed, sometimes for more than a week, causing them to miss more school and sometimes get kicked out.
"You've gotta be kidding me." Lawmakers react to a BuzzFeed News report showing that more than a thousand teens have been sent to adult jail on charges stemming from skipping school. The Texas legislature is debating a host of possible changes to the law.
More than a thousand Texas teenagers have been ordered to lockup on charges that stem from missing school, often because they have unpaid court fines. The costs to their education are high. Some, like Serena Vela, drop out.