Sex Trafficking Victim Cyntoia Brown Granted Clemency
Cyntoia Brown’s case has received significant international attention, from celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Rihanna.
Earlier today, Republican Tennessee governor Bill Haslam granted clemency to Brown who is serving a life sentence for the murder of a man who ‘bought her for sex’. Brown, a sex trafficking victim, was convicted when she was 16.
Now, at the age of 30 years old, Brown’s life sentence will be reduced to time served, and she will remain on parole for 10 years.
Cyntoia has already completed her GED and is currently in the process of finishing a degree from Lipscomb University.
In a statement released by her legal team, Brown said:
“Thank you, Governor Haslam, for your act of mercy in giving me a second chance. I will do everything I can to justify your faith in me.
I want to thank those at the Tennessee Department of Corrections who saw something in me worth salvaging, especially Ms. Connie Seabrooks for allowing me to participate in the Lipscomb LIFE Program. It changed my life. I am also grateful to those at the Tennessee Department of Corrections who will work with me over the next several months to help me in the transition from prison to the free world.
Thank you to Dr. Richard Goode and Dr. Kate Watkins and all of you at Lipscomb University for opening up a whole new world for me. I have one course left to finish my Bachelor’s degree, which I will complete in May 2019.
I am thankful for all the support, prayers, and encouragement I have received. We truly serve a God of second chances and new beginnings. The Lord has held my hand this whole time and I would have never made it without Him. Let today be a testament to His Saving Grace.
Thank you to my family for being a backbone these past 14 years.
I am thankful to my lawyers and their staffs, and all the others who, for the last decade have freely given of their time and expertise to help me get to this day.
I love all of you and will be forever grateful.
With God’s help, I am committed to live the rest of my life helping others, especially young people.
My hope is to help other young girls avoid ending up where I have been.