Oklahoma woman imprisoned in failure-to-protect case is free

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2019 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is inmate Tondalao Hall. Hall, who has served 15 years in prison for failing to report her boyfriend, who served just two years behind bars for abusing her children, was released from custody on Friday Nov. 8, 2019.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma woman who has served 15 years in prison for failing to report her boyfriend, who served just two years behind bars for abusing her children, is scheduled to be released from custody.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed the commutation sentence of Tondalao Hall and she is to be released Friday morning.

Her release comes about one month after the state Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously to recommend that Stitt commute her sentence to time served.

Hall's ex-boyfriend, Robert Braxton Jr., pleaded guilty to abusing the children and was released on probation after a couple of years in jail.

The disparity of the sentences outraged women's rights groups and brought further attention to Oklahoma's high rate of incarceration, particularly of women.

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