An Oklahoma girl who was sentenced to 30 years in jail for failing to guard her youngsters from abuse was free of jail Friday.
Tondalo Hall, 35, served 15 years behind bars whereas her and her youngsters’s abuser served simply two years in jail.
Her case was the topic of a 2014 BuzzFeed News investigation that discovered 28 moms in 11 states have been sentenced to 10 years or extra for failing to guard their youngsters. In every of these circumstances, together with Corridor’s, there was proof that the mom herself was additionally a sufferer of the abuse. Corridor’s case was one in every of three the place the mom received an extended sentence than the person who truly abused the kid.
Corridor was arrested in 2004 at age 19 for accidents that have been discovered on her two youngest youngsters after she took them to the hospital for remedy. The youngsters’s father and her then-boyfriend, Robert Braxton, acquired a two-year sentence for breaking the ribs and femur of their 3-month-old daughter.
Braxton walked free greater than a decade in the past, having been let go for time served. In the meantime, Corridor was locked up in an all-female jail in McLoud, Oklahoma, till right this moment.
“At first, I need to thank God for making a means and for preserving me secure and sane throughout this season of my life,” Corridor stated in a statement from the ACLU of Oklahoma. “Secondly, for all of the individuals God has positioned in my life, my youngsters and my household for sticking by me. Time and house can’t accommodate the listing of people that have cherished, helped, and supported me by way of all of this, so, to everybody who has, thanks and God bless you!”
Corridor acquired a unanimous vote from the state parole board final month to advocate her for commutation. Her launch was one in every of greater than 500 commutations granted by Gov. Kevin Stitt final week in what his workplace stated was the largest single-day commutation in US historical past.
“Whereas we rejoice in Corridor’s freedom as she exits the jail gates, we’re haunted by the data of all the opposite girls who stay incarcerated for failing to cease the crimes of their abusers and acknowledge the numerous different households torn aside by Oklahoma’s failure to guard legal guidelines,” ACLU of Oklahoma employees lawyer Megan Lambert stated in a press release. “We look ahead to the day that every one the opposite girls wrongfully imprisoned for the crimes of their abusers observe Corridor to freedom.”