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In general, for every day served, offenders can receive 1.2 days off their sentence for good behavior.
She learned the only way to change state law was through legislative action. I knew I had to do something about this, and I knew my 8-to-5 job was not going to allow me to do the things that I really felt that I needed to do." Allison also knew she didn't have a good grasp of criminal law, so with little in savings, she enrolled in Des Moines Area Community College's criminal justice program. As Allison crusaded to change Iowa's sentencing laws, sentiment was growing that too many people were incarcerated.
After they graduated from high school, the two girls attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
Tiffany earned an associate's degree, returned to Des Moines and at age 21 bought a brick bungalow in northeast Des Moines.
"I wasn't planning on taking all of that on, but at the same time I didn't really feel like I had a choice," Allison said. Currently, Iowa has 8,300 people in its prisons, about 1,000 over capacity.
Her efforts began shortly after Parks' most recent sentencing hearing.
"She has done more for individuals who have experienced domestic violence than I think she can ever know, and we applaud her for that." Mc Coy has suggested that Allison broaden her advocacy to support other domestic-violence-related legislation.
For instance, one bill that passed in the Senate last session before stalling would have included dating relationships under the state's domestic abuse laws.
"We're just slapping them on the wrist and giving them access to new victims." Allison grew up in the Des Moines area and attended high school in Saydel, a district wedged between Ankeny and Des Moines.
She was involved in sports — basketball, track and golf — and DECA, an organization that prepares students for careers in marketing, finance and business.
"There's a lot of people in the Legislature that say we've got to make prison more of a place for last resort," Mc Coy said.