Oklahoma officials advance review of failure-to-protect case

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma woman who has served more jail time for failing to protect her children than the man who hurt them is a step closer to having her sentence reviewed.

The Oklahoman reports the state Pardon and Parole Board voted Monday to advance Tondalao Hall’s case to a second stage of consideration. She’s asked to have her 30-year sentence modified.

Hall has served 15 years over abuse by her former boyfriend. He served just two years in jail and was released. Critics say failure-to-protect laws unfairly punish domestic violence victims.

The board has twice rejected Hall’s previous commutation requests.

Megan Lambert of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is helping Hall with her request. She says she hopes the board’s action indicates it better understands her case.

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