Moms Leader to Tennessee Governor: Free Cyntoia Brown Now!
“Cyntoia Brown deserves to be free. Our justice system has failed her over and over. First, it failed to protect her when she became a victim of sex trafficking at just 16 years old. Fearing for her life, she defended herself against a 43-year-old armed child predator who had kidnapped and sexually assaulted her. Then, a court sentenced Cyntoia to life in prison.
“Cyntoia Brown’s experience underscores broader injustices in a system that too often criminalizes Black youth and utterly fails to support survivors of sexual abuse. Her sentence flies in the face of our nation’s standards for the sentencing of children. Despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional, Tennessee and other states continue to inflict this cruel and unusual punishment on youth. It is unacceptable.
“Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has the authority to release Cyntoia Brown from prison and grant her clemency – but he must do so before he leaves office in a few weeks. If he does not, she will not be eligible for parole until she reaches age 67. That would be inhumane and unwarranted, and would make a mockery of standards designed to protect children.
“America’s moms demand that Governor Bill Haslam do what is right by bringing Cyntoia Brown home. We will be taking action all this week, and every day until this injustice ends. We know that survivors of sex trafficking need and deserve supports and services, not to be imprisoned once again.
“Governor Haslam must right this wrong and promote justice by freeing Cyntoia Brown today.”