Okla. woman in fail­ure-to-pro­tect case to be freed

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — An Ok­la­homa woman who has served 15 years in prison for fail­ing to re­port her boyfriend, who served just two years for abus­ing her chil­dren, is sched­uled to be re­leased from cus­tody.

The Ok­la­homa De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions says Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed the com­mu­ta­tion sen­tence of Ton­dalao Hall and she is to be re­leased Fri­day.

Her re­lease comes about af­ter the state Par­don and Pa­role Board voted unan­i­mously to rec­om­mend that Stitt com­mute her sen­tence to time served.

Hall’s ex- boyfriend, Robert Brax­ton, pleaded guilty to abus­ing the chil­dren and was re­leased on pro­ba­tion af­ter two years in jail.

The dis­par­ity of the sen­tences out­raged women’s rights groups and brought fur­ther at­ten­tion to Ok­la­homa’s high rate of in­car­cer­a­tion, par­tic­u­larly of women.

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