Tennessee Governor Considering Clemency For Cyntoia Brown
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled last week that Cyntoia Brown, the sex trafficking victim who killed a man in self defense, would have to serve 51 years of her 51 years to life sentence before she would be considered for parole.
According to Rolling Stone, Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam, said that he is considering clemency for Brown. Black Lives Matter activist, Justin Lang, asked Governor Haslam what could be done about her imprisonment, if anything. Lang said, "And so I ask why has Cyntoia Brown been incarcerated for 14 years for enduring harm? And so I say Governor Haslam, you have the power and ability to grant clemency to Cyntoia Brown, and so I ask when will you grant her clemency, I ask what will be your legacy as you leave office, and how will you answer to this human rights violation that the state of Tennessee is committing by keeping her incarcerated?"
Haslam explained that his office has been speaking with those involved in Brown’s story because her case is one that his team is considering for clemency before his term expires on January 19th, 2019.
He added, "We’re reviewing a lot of cases and while Cyntoia’s case has gotten a lot of publicity, I don’t think you want us to treat hers any different than a whole lot of cases that I think people want us to review."