(WSYR-TV) — Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act on Tuesday.
The current law allows judges to hand down indeterminate sentences for domestic abuse survivors who committed a crime only in relation to their abuser. The new bill, signed today, will build on this law.
“The vast majority of incarcerated women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, and too often these women wind up in prison in the first place because they’re protecting themselves from an abuser,” Governor Cuomo said. “By signing this critical piece of our 2019 women’s justice agenda, we can help ensure the criminal justice system takes into account that reality and empowers vulnerable New Yorkers rather than just putting them behind bars.”
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