Amy’s ordeal prompted a campaign to make it tougher for people accused of domestic violence to get out of jail and to add more protection for survivors. One main thing this bill proposed was a requirement of the offender to go before a judge before posting bail so the judge can determine if this person will still be a threat to anyone if they are let back out on the streets. This will give judges more information about the offender on a case by case basis. The judge will have to fill out a risk assessment checklist before the offender is allowed out or put back in jail to protect society.
To read the full text of this law click here.
Amy shared her story with Oprah Winfrey October 21, 2005. See a clip from that episode here
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