Double Victims: Ending the Incarceration of California's Battered Women

Liotta, Erin
October 2011
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice;2011, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p253
Academic Journal
This Comment focuses on the plight of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence- specifically, women who are eligible for habea corpu relief under California Penal Code section 1473.5. Taking the position that these women should be released from prison, the author examines the range of relief potentially available before focusing on the advantages and shortcoming of the two most common paths to release: (1) parole and (2) habeas corpu under ection 1473.5. This Comment illustrates how the politicization of California' parole process and the technicalities of the habeas statute have limited survivor ' acce s to relief. Ultimately, this Comment concludes that increased resource and appropriate implementation of the habeas statute provide the most appropriate paths forward to guarantee justice for women victimized by both abusers and by California's carcera! system.


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