On Monday, January 7 Governor Bill Haslam granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown.
“Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16,” Mr. Haslam, a Republican, said. “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,” he said.
We are grateful to Governor Haslam for making a decision in the name of justice and we hope this opens the door for many more such decisions on behalf of thousands of juveniles who are in similar situations.
One of [Miss Brown’s] lawyers, J. Houston Gordon, said the case should be seen as a “clarion call” against what he described as draconian laws that put children in prison. “We need to see this as a national awakening,” he said.
Thanks to all of you who took a stand, showed up at the Capital, called, emailed, wrote letters, marched. Your voice matters and the work is far from over.
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