Cyntoia Brown Will Be Released From Prison Next Week

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The Story Of Cyntoia Brown, A Child Sex Slave Imprisoned For Killing Her Abuser, Has Resurfaced
Source: PBS
The Story Of Cyntoia Brown, A Child Sex Slave Imprisoned For Killing Her Abuser, Has Resurfaced

Source: PBS

Former Gov. Bill Haslam commuted her sentence back in January.

Cyntoia Brown, the Nashville woman who was imprisoned at the age of 16 for killing a child predator who paid her for sex, will finally be released from prison next week.

READ: Everything You Need To Know About The Story Of Cyntoia Brown, A Child Sex Slave Imprisoned For Killing Her Abuser

Brown will leave the Tennessee Prison for Women on August 7 after serving 15 years of a life sentence for the 2004 murder of a Nashville real estate agent.

Back in January, then-Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced his decision to grant clemency to Brown.

“Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16,” Haslam said at the time. “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,” he added.

Once Brown is released she will stay on parole for 10 years, and will also be required “to participate in regular counseling sessions and to perform at least 50 hours of community service, including working with at-risk youth,” as well as get a job.

Prior to Haslam granting her clemency, Brown would’ve had to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration.

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