Cyntoia Brown Is A Free Woman Today

Cyntoia Brown who was granted clemency by former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, will be a free woman today.

She will be released to parole supervision on Wednesday August 7, 2019. This comes 15 years after her arrest in 2004 for murdering a Nashville man when she was 16 years old.

Brown was a victim of sex trafficking when she killed Jimmy Allen during an exchange at his home while in bed.

Pleading self-defense as the reason for killling Allen, she was still given a sentence which would require her to complete 51 years before being eligible for release.

Many local organizers and activist groups such as Black Lives Matter Nashville over the years have championed for Cyntoia’s release citing that the sentence was too harsh for someone who was a juvenile.

With petitions, letters to Nashville, and heavy pressure on Governor Haslam before his term was up he relented and granted Clemency to the now 31 year old Cyntoia Brown.

“It’s the right thing to do.” said Haslam. Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16.  Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life.  Transformation should be accompanied by hope.  So, I am commuting Ms. Brown’s sentence, subject to certain conditions,” .

She has proven rehabilitation while incarcerated earning her associate degree from Lipscomb LIFE program with a 4.0 GPA and is expecting to soon earn her bachelors degree.

Brown released a statement prior to her release today stating:

“While first giving honor to God who made all of this possible, I would also like to thank my many supporters who have spoken on my behalf and prayed for me. I’m blessed to have a very supportive family and friends to support me in the days to come. I look forward to using my experiences to help other women and girls suffering abuse and exploitation. I thank Governor and First Lady Haslam for their vote of confidence in me and with the Lord’s help I will make them as well as the rest of my supporters proud. “

Cyntoia’s parole supervision will continue until August 7, 2029.

Conditions of her parole include an approved release plan, maintaining employment and/or educational enrollment and counseling sessions on a regular basis. She will also be required to complete at least 50 hours of community service which will include working with at risk youth.

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Robust support needs to be provided to every person who leaves prison, resulting in successful transition back into society.

We wish her the best of luck. And will keep you updated on her progress.

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4 Thoughts to “Cyntoia Brown Is A Free Woman Today”

  1. Laurie Moore

    Congrats Cyntoia God Speed!! I’m still praying for all the others who were incarcerated as a minor including my husband whose been imprisoned for 23 years since the age of 17 Him and all the others deserve their chance at Freedom also. Do good works out here young lady.

  2. Ivette Bartlett

    Im very happy that she’s finally a free woman, I don’t think she should have ever served time she was a product of human trafficking, exploited, abused , molested by pedophiles!!! I know she will rise and succeed and will be a valuable member of society because life has taught her to be a strong and determined woman . May God bless her always !

    1. Denna

      Free at last Free at last thank God she is free, now walk your purpose, God’s blessings and peace

  3. Ochani Lele

    This was a child who was kidnapped, held against her will, and raped. A child. A CHILD. And then the system kidnapped her again and put her behind bars. And she gets parole? She should have her record wiped clean; she should have a very humble and public apology from the prosecutors and the judge that locked her up; and she should get a crap-load of money to restart her life.

    This was a child. A child. A little girl. She was a victim trying to survive and get away from the man who held her against her will and repeatedly raped her.

    I just don’t understand any of this.

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