Earlier this week, I cried learning that Cyntoia Brown would be released on August 7th. Later this year, Cyntoia will be going home to her loved ones.
Here’s a small part of her statement: “I am thankful for all the support, prayers, and encouragement I have received… With God’s help, I am committed to live the rest of my life helping others, especially young people. My hope is to help other young girls avoid ending up where I have been.”
Young girls of color like Cyntoia should have never fallen through the cracks. She should have never been endangered as a teen and then incarcerated. She should have never spent half her life in prison for killing her would-be rapist. There are more stories like Cyntoia’s out there.
Thanks to your help, she will be free come August. We collectively contacted Governor Haslam’s office over 16,000 times. That was the impact you had. We can only prevent her situation from happening to other people by continuing to fight injustice in our criminal justice system.
Thank you for all you do,

Elder Leslie Mathews