Cyntoia Brown was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women this morning after serving 15 years in prison for a deadly shooting in Nashville. The now 31-year-old Brown was released to parole supervision.
In preparation for her release, Brown met with counselors at the Tennessee Prison for Women to design a re-entry plan. It reportedly includes an updated risk/needs assessment, placement in the transition center and continuing her current course of study through the Lipscomb University LIFE Program. Conditions required of Brown’s commutation include compliance with her approved release plan while maintaining employment or educational enrollment, regular counseling sessions and a regular commitment to community service.
Her parole supervision will continue until August 7, 2029.
Brown released a statement prior to her release, which reads:
“While first giving honor to God who made all of this possible, I would also like to thank my many supporters who have spoken on my behalf and prayed for me. I’m blessed to have a very supportive family and friends to support me in the days to come. I look forward to using my experiences to help other women and girls suffering abuse and exploitation. I thank Governor and First Lady Haslam for their vote of confidence in me and with the Lord’s help I will make them as well as the rest of my supporters proud.”
Haslam granted clemency to Brown just days before leaving office on Jan. 7, 2019.
Shortly after announcing his decision, Haslam said during a fundraiser that his clemency for Brown was “the right thing to do.”
Brown was 16 when she was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a Nashville man in 2004.
Brown was reportedly trapped in prostitution and a victim of child sex trafficking at the time when she shot and killed Johnny Allen.
Allen picked up the then 16-year-old at the Sonic on Murfreesboro Pike and brought her home.
At some point after arriving at the residence, Brown killed Allen. She claimed self-defense, but prosecutors maintained that Brown killed the 43-year-old real estate agent in order to rob him.