The Junior League, the Correctional Association of New York and two lawmakers teamed up today to promote legislation that would give judges discretion to reduce sentences of people convicted of a crime directly related to domestic violence.
Kim Dadou of Rochester, who spent 17 years in prison for fatally shooting her boyfriend, said the bill “is not a ‘get out of jail free’ card.” It’s about being humane to survivors of domestic violence, she said. She had been abused by her boyfriend for years.
“I was in the courtroom getting orders of protection just a couple months before I was in the courtroom being charged with murder. This isn’t something that I planned,” she said at a news conference in the Legislative Office Building today. Click here to read more.