Battered Woman Denied Clemency, Faces 15 More Years For Failing To Protect Children

Tondalo Hall was convicted in 2006 for failing to protect her children from an abusive boyfriend who was also abusing her.

The boyfriend, Robert Braxton, Jr, plead guilty to breaking the ribs and femur of a 20-month-old baby and causing similar injuries to a three-month-old, and served two years in prison for his crime.

Hall was sentenced to 30 years.

This Wednesday, 31-year-old Hall was denied a plea for clemency when the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted against commuting her sentence. She will serve 15 more years in prison before she is eligible for parole in 2030. Because she couldn’t protect her children from a man who was also abusing her. Who, again, only served two years in prison.

In what world does this make sense?

Those on the board, in particular Vice Chair Patricia High (A woman? Are you kidding me? Really?), were disturbed that Hall did not do more to protect her children from Braxton — despite the fact that Hall had previously testified both in and out of court that she had also been the victim of his violent attacks, which included punching her and choking her on a fairly regular basis.

They decided that her crime was so heinous, that yes, she should serve another 15 years in prison.

Now, I have some questions here — what the hell are these people doing on a parole board if they don’t appear to know how people are affected by being in an abusive relationship? That this woman, who was only 22 at the time, was probably thinking that this guy was going to kill her and her kids if she reported him or did anything to upset him? Tondalo Hall does not need to be in jail, she needs to be in counseling. She’s a victim. She’s a victim, and apparently the system expected more from her than they did from the actual abuser. What the shit is that?

According to a report from Buzzfeed, Hall is one of 28 women in 11 states who are in jail for not protecting their children from an abuser who was also abusing them.

What kind of world are we living in?

[Buzzfeed]