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When Abuse Victims Commit Crimes

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When Abuse Victims Commit Crimes

The bill in question, the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, which was signed into law this past week, gives judges more options when sentencing individuals who have been convicted of violence against abusive partners or other crimes that such partners had coerced them into committing. Instead of being required to hand out predetermined sentences for particular crimes, judges could instead mete out shorter prison terms or avoid incarceration altogether. Several of the women on the bus that day spent years in prison for acts involving abusive partners.