Domestic violence victims want shorter prison terms

Advocates for incarcerated domestic violence survivors met in Albany April 17 to meet with lawmakers and stress the importance of passing the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act.

The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (A.7874-a/S.5436), sponsored by Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, D-Queens, and Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, D-Mount Vernon, would amend the penal law and criminal procedure law for sentencing in domestic violence cases. Hassell-Thompson, a member of the Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee, said it would be a “tough pull” to have the legislation passed this session. Click here to read more.

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