Marissa Alexander’s house arrest and the issue with electronic monitoring (The Guardian)

By SADHBH WALSHE | January 27, 2014

Marissa Alexander leaves prison to start her two years under house arrest. Photograph: Bob Mack/AP

Marissa Alexander leaves prison to start her two years under house arrest. Photograph: Bob Mack/AP

Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother who was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for firing warning shots at an allegedly abusive husband, will leave prison on Tuesday to spend the final two years of her reduced sentence in the relative comfort of her home.

When Alexander was first put on trial, her defense team tried to invoke the same stand-your-ground defense that allowed George Zimmerman to walk free. In her case, however, the self-defense argument was not accepted, leading to outrage and a “Free Marissa” campaign that ultimately led to a re-trial. Now under the terms of a plea deal reached last November, her sentence has been reduced to five years including time served, the last two of which will be spent under house arrest.

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