Cyntoia Brown receives clemency after 15 years in prison

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Cyntoia Brown receives clemency after 15 years in prison

Cecilia Sosa, Writer

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Cyntoia Brown from Tennessee , who is serving life in jail, received clemency after spending 15 years in prison for murdering the man who bought her for sex.

Brown was 16-years-old when she was convicted of the murder. She says she killed 43-year-old Johnny Allen in fear of him killing her by his odd behavior. She is now 30-years-old, and will be released on parole supervision on August 7 of 2019 by the Governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam.

Brown’s case became very viral after posts of her case were shared on many social media platforms with the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown and #Clemency4Cyntoia.

In addition to the previous statement, many online petitions were created & were signed by several hundred thousand signatures. Including many celebrities like comedian Amy Schumer and actress Ashley Judd.

Many celebrities are rushing to support Cyntoia on their social media platforms. Singer Rihanna posted a instagram post bringing the situation up.

“Did we somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way??,” she wrote. “‘Cause… Something is horribly wrong when the system enables these rapists and the victim is thrown away for life! To each of you responsible for this child’s sentence I hope to God you don’t have children, because this could be your daughter being punished for punishing already!”

Kim Kardashian West also brought Brown’s case to twitter advocating for her. “The system has failed,” she tweeted. “It’s heartbreaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back, she’s jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys to see what can be done to fix this.”

In addition to the other celebrities who took this issue to Instagram, Cara Delevingne had called the justice system “backwards” and “completely insane.”

Over the years, human trafficking has, unfortunately, become a global multi-billion-dollar enterprise that affects nearly every single country, according to the United Nations. In 2016, an estimated 4.8 million people were trafficked into sex trade. Out of those 4.8 million people, most of them were women and children.

In a clemency hearing, the six-member Tennessee Board of Parole split on its recommendation in her case. Two board members voted to grant clemency, two voted to deny clemency and the others voted to make Brown, 30, eligible for parole after serving 25 years.

The Board’s recommendation will be sent as a confidential report where Governor Bill will make the final decision. Brown’s case is in the hands of the governor of Tennessee.


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