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(To the Left): ACLU of Oklahoma Press Conference on Effort to Free Domestic Violence Survivor Imprisoned for Failing to Stop Her Abuser’s Crime
ACLU of Oklahoma Announces Effort to Free Domestic Violence Survivor Imprisoned for Failing to Stop Abuser

 Tulsa World- ACLU seeks re-examination of Oklahoma domestic violence case


Spoken Word poem by Candace Liger and Lauren Zuniga to District Attorney David Prater

Tondalao Hall is a domestic violence survivor sentenced to 30 years behind bars under a "failure to protect" law. Tondalao was punished for not leaving her abuser quickly enough, before he could inflict physical abuse on their children.

The abuser, Robert Braxton, was released back to the streets the day he was sentenced for child abuse, with only 8 years of probation to serve. 

Tondalao, the adult victim of his abuse, is now serving her 10th year in prison.

She has 20 more years left to serve.

Hall is 1 of 28 women sentenced across 11 states under “Failure to Protect” laws who are serving more time than the abuser himself. Hall’s appeal for justice could have broader implications for the lives of women across the Nation. 

In 2006, under Oklahoma’s “Failure to Protect” law, domestic violence survivor Tondalao Hall was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for not reporting her batterer’s abuse quickly enough--the abuse for which he served only 2 years in jail and 8 years probation. A decade later we are still fighting, not only for Tondalao Hall’s freedom, but for the reformation of a system that places blame on the victims of abuse while too often letting the criminals who hurt them and their children walk free.

We seek to shine a light on a case that has largely been ignored both in the media, and the broader feminist movement. Through key organizational partnerships it is our goal to see Hall’s unjust sentence reversed, by the United States Supreme Court if necessary.

This will be achieved by strategic coalition building, tactical events, litigation, non legal advocacy, and social media campaigns aimed at both returning Hall’s case into the national dialogue and reforming Failure to Protect laws to be protective of the women who too often suffer abuse from the same perpetrator as their children.


​Courts must not use Failure to Protect laws to further victimize survivors of domestic violence by scapegoating them for their batterers’ crimes.

Failure to Protect laws must not hold domestic violence victims with children to an impossible standard of choosing between risking their lives (and their children's’ lives) and risking their freedom.

To avoid Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Court’s must ensure that a victim’s sentence is proportional to her offense, not many times harsher than the sentence given her batterer.


Ensure the key issues of Tondalo Hall’s case return and remain a part of the national conversation about race, power, gender, and domestic violence.

Legislation or legal education to support legal defenses for  victims charged in failure to protect cases.

Judicial reversal of Tondalao Hall’s unconstitutional sentence, setting a precedent to prevent the same injustice from impacting other victims.

Exposure of the shortcomings and potential for abuse when “Failure to Protect” laws are misused by prosecutors or courts to punish victims.

Encourage dialogue about domestic violence in the minority community and create safe spaces that empower survivors to tell their stories

Get her out of prison.