On Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proudly announced he has granted clemency to 11 former and current Tennesseans – and Cyntoia Brown was not included in the list.
Haslam shortened the sentences of four people and pardoned seven others. Despite the pardons, none of the incarcerated people involved will be immediately released from prison.
The governor released the following statement:
I am pleased to grant these acts of clemency.
These individuals have made positive contributions to their communities and deserve pardons, or are individuals who will receive another chance to become contributing members of society by virtue of their commutations.
Bill Haslam has been under pressure to grant clemency to Cyntoia Brown, who must serve 51 years in prison before she’s eligible for parole.
Haslam has promised to make a decision on Cyntoia’s case before he leaves his office in January.
It’s quite disappointing that she wasn’t included in this announcement. And it’s unclear if Haslam is still considering granting Cyntoia Brown clemency or if this announcement serves as his final decision.
Let’s keep hope alive.