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Cyntoia Brown


Cyntoia Brown was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women early Wednesday morning, after serving 15 years of a life sentence for killing a man who solicited sex when she was a teenager.

Brown says she hopes to dedicate her next chapter to mentoring  girls who have suffered abuse. 

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Cyntoia Brown will be released from prison Wednesday, having served 15 years for killing a man while a victim of sex trafficking as a teenager.

Former Gov. Bill Haslam granted Brown full clemency in January, saying her life sentence was too harsh. Brown’s case raises questions about the state’s strict sentencing guidelines. 

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“You are getting out in August.”

Those were the first words Cyntoia Brown heard from her lawyers Monday, when Gov. Bill Haslam granted her clemency.


After months of consideration, Gov. Bill Haslam has granted full clemency to Cyntoia Brown, saying the Nashville woman convicted of murder while still a teenager has taken "extraordinary steps" to transform her life.

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A Nashville woman serving life in prison for a murder committed when she was 16 years old has also become a cause for high-profile celebrities including Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna. Now, Tennessee's outgoing governor is deciding whether to pardon Cyntoia Brown. Her case is compelling on many levels, its own unique and disturbing set of facts as well as what it says about how Tennessee and the country are changing.