Life or Death, Freedom or Prison: Domestic Violence Truths and Consequences, with Marissa Alexander

Join us for a powerful conversation with Marissa Alexander about surviving state and interpersonal violence, as she provides insight into the dilemma domestic violence victims face: tolerate the abuse and risk their lives or defend themselves and risk their freedom. She talks about her experience with the criminal justice system, the post-convictions after effects on her family, and her reentry into society.

In 2010 she was arrested and charged with aggravated assault for firing a single warning shot after being attacked by her then estranged husband. In August of 2012, Marissa was sentenced to twenty years in prison under Florida’s harsh minimum mandatory sentencing policies. After a long journey fighting for her freedom Marissa accepted her original plea agreement of three years and completed her sentence of 65 days in the Duval County Jail. Finally, in January of 2017, she was released. Her story gained national attention and shed light on harsh minimum mandatory sentencing policies as well as the Stand Your Ground Law.   

Monday, October 8, 2018 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Schmitt Academic Center (SAC), 161
2320 N Kenmore Ave

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Office of Diversity, Centers and Institutes, Women's Center, President's Signature Series



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