DES MOINES, Iowa–An Iowa woman is taking her story of domestic abuse straight to the Iowa Statehouse.
Allison wants lawmakers to take away the option of early release for habitual violent offenders.
Allison was 29 years old when her boyfriend attacked her and held her hostage in her own home.
“He beat me for four and a half hours with his knees, hands and feet, hit me with a wrought iron cross until it broke into two pieces, bit me throughout the assault, knocked me unconscious twice, the first through strangulation, the second by hitting my head on a wooden stair and urinated on me,” says Allison.
Allison’s offender was sentenced to two and half years in prison but served just 10 months due to the ‘Good Time Policy’ for inmates. The policy allows inmates with good behavior to serve a third of their sentence.
Allison was her offender’s fifth victim and a year after his release she says he attacked another woman.
That motivated her to take action.
Allison’s working with Sen. Matt McCoy and drafted the Violent Habitual Offender Bill.
“It would apply to anyone who is on their third strike felony violent offense. That includes domestic violence, assault, kidnapping, homicide, burglary,” says Allison.
“We want to send a very strong message throughout the state that this is not going to be tolerated and this type of victimization of people regardless of their status is offensive and it needs to stop,” says Allison.
Sen. McCoy says while the Governor’s bill is similar it isn’t as broad and only includes domestic violence, harassment and stalking.
“It really doesn’t matter if it`s a child being abused or another adult being abused or what the relationship is between the two parties,” says Sen. McCoy.
Under the bill, after three strikes an offender must serve 85 percent of their sentence, undergo a risk assessment and be on a one year mandatory parole.
McCoy is hopeful between the Governor’s bill and his something will get passed.
“He has good ideas, Tiffany has good ideas. We`d like to blend the two together and end up with a really strong measure,” says Sen. McCoy.
Allison is glad her story started the conversation and could help other women in the future.
“Part of my survivor-ship has been taking control of my story, how it`s used and where it goes and trying to help somebody with it,” says Allison.
The Governor’s bill also calls for GPS monitoring for repeat offenders.
Sen. McCoy is hoping to get his bill out of committee by the March 15th deadline and onto the Senate floor for debate.