CAL gains immediate release for Domestic Violence Survivor


On Feb. 23, 2023, RS was resentenced under the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act to a term of 5 years’ incarceration plus 5 years’ post-release supervision, making him eligible for immediate release after serving nearly 11 years of an original 20-year sentence. The District Attorney’s office, after extensive review, determined that such a sentence would be fair, given the substantial trauma Mr. S had experienced from family members and intimate partners, and the court then imposed the DVSJA-range sentence. RS was represented by CAL attorney Kate Skolnick and a team at Brooklyn Law School’s Criminal Defense and Advocacy Clinic helmed by Elizabeth Isaacs.