From Protection to Punishment: Post-Conviction Barriers to Justice for Domestic Violence Survivor-Defendants in New York State

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The Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project released From Protection to Punishment alongside the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School. The report finds that domestic violence and women’s incarceration are inextricably linked, and outlines myriad barriers to justice faced by survivors who act to protect themselves from an abuser’s violence face, including: overly restrictive mandatory sentencing statutes, limited access to alternative-to-incarceration programs, restrictions on merit time and work release programs in prison, and obstacles to making parole and receiving clemency.

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