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The bill has failed to make it out of committee the past two legislative sessions, and Mc Coy said its fate doesn't look any brighter in the coming session.The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence opposes the legislation, saying it would increase the amount of time offenders are in prison and transfer sentencing discretion from judges to prosecutors. "What she has done with her story — to come forward and talk about it — I feel has empowered other survivors to come forward," said Lindsay Pingel, the coalition's spokeswoman.Allison called the Iowa Department of Corrections and complained about the state's "good time" policy that lets inmates out early for good behavior.Iowa's policy is among the most generous in the country.Domestic abuse survivor and keynote speaker Tiffany Allison of Des Moines speaks at a vigil honoring victims of domestic violence hosted by the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center at St.Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa Thursday, Oct. Scott Wayne Parks told Tiffany Allison he loved her, yet for 4½ hours in September 2009, he savagely bit and beat her, striking her over and over with a wrought-iron cross until it eventually broke.
• 4 Iowans who died from domestic violence "I couldn't let another victim go through the court process with him or with any other offender like him and have this continue to happen," she said.
"I asked her how, and she said he had a lot of tattoos." Misti Allison met Parks and said she thought he "was a nice person." "I never dreamed anything like this would happen." Tiffany Allison can recite with ease domestic violence statistics: For nearly three years, Allison has worked to change Iowa's sentencing laws for violent habitual offenders.
Her efforts began shortly after Parks' most recent sentencing hearing.
"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.