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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 13th year behind bars.

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.


​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.

After 13 years behind bars, Tondalao has served enough time for a crime she didn't commit. 


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.

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