Cyntoia Brown, the woman who was arrested in 2004 and convicted when she was 16 years old, was granted clemency by former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and will be a free woman today.
Brown was a victim of human trafficking when she tооk the life of Jimmy Allen during an exchange at his home.
Even though she pleaded self-defense as the reason, she was still given a sentence that would require her to complete 51 years before being eligible for release.
Many local and national activist groups and organizations have championed for her release, citing that the sentence was way too harsh for someone that was just a juvenile.
Governor Haslam finally granted Clemency to the now 31-year-old Cyntoia Brown after many petitions and letters were signed.
Haslam said that it’s the right thing to do, especially taking into consideration the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life. He believes transformation should be accompanied by hope, so he commuted Ms. Brown sentence.
Brown has earned her associate degree from Lipscomb LIFE program with a 4.0 GPA while incarcerated, and she expects to earn her bachelors degree soon.
Brown released a statement prior to her release today in which she stated that she would like to thank God and the many supporters who have spoken on her behalf and prayed for her.
She added that she’s blessed to have a very supportive family and friends, and she looks forward to using her experiences to help other women and girls suffering such conditions.
She also thanked Governor and First Lady Haslam for their vote of confidence in her and she hopes to make them and the rest of her supporters proud.