Cyntoia Brown is 29 and has been an inmate at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville in the US for the last 13 years. She is serving a 51-year sentence – or ‘life’ – for first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. She will be at least 67 years old when she’s freed.
Now however, celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Cara Delevigne and T.I.are putting the spotlight on her to try to change this. They are applying social pressure in an attempt to convince everyone, anyone – from the justice system to the President – to release Brown from, what they deem to be, an unfair imprisonment by a system that failed her.
Not because she isn’t a killer. She is. But because the man she killed – Johnny Allen – was hiring her as a sex worker when she was 16 and he was 43. He had traded her from a pimp called “Kut Throat” who fed her drugs and repeatedly raped her. Brown was a victim of sex trafficking and the man she killed was one of many of her abusers.
“Did we somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way??” singer Rihanna posted to Instagram on Tuesday alongside the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown. “Something is horribly wrong when the system enables these rapists and the victim is thrown away for life!”
The renewed interest in Brown’s case comes after a documentary called Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, was recently reported on Fox News. The documentary, which was released in 2011 and took seven years to produce, makes one thing clear: The 16-year-old who was tried as an adult for first-degree murder and robbery in 2006 never had a chance. Brown was born into a life that was doomed to fail.
did we somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way?? cause….. Something is horribly wrong when the system enables these rapists and the victim is thrown away for life! To each of you responsible for this child’s sentence I hope to God you don’t have children, because this could be your daughter being punished for punishing already! #FREECYNTOIABROWN #HowManyMore