Monica Szlekovics was forced to contribute to crimes by her abusive husband, which led to her being sentenced to life in prison at 20 years old. In prison, she committed herself to personal transformation and her sentence was commuted in 2019.
Related to: Gender Justice, Sentencing Reform
Monica Szlekovics arrived at Bedford Correctional Center in New York when she was 20 years old to serve a life sentence for contributing to crimes for which she had been forced to participate by her abusive husband.
In her two decades of imprisonment, she committed a life of purpose and underwent a profound internal transformation. Her accomplishments include earning her college degree (with honors), immersing herself in counseling, and maintaining a near spotless disciplinary record. Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo commuted her sentence in 2019 and she was released.