Cyntoia Brown is a human being, like you or I.
But she is not free like we ought to be. She’s facing a life sentence for an act of self-defense, and it will be 51 years before she’s up for parole.
The outgoing Tennessee Governor Haslam has the power to grant her clemency, but he has not. This is unacceptable.
This is a denial of human rights, and we all know it.
If you want to do something, please contact the Governor’s Office at (615) 741-2001.
Dial the above number.
If there is an answer, move to Part 1:
If there is no answer: Skip to second page, Part 3:
Part 1: “Hi, my name is ____ and I am would like to speak to Governor Bill Haslam in reference to Cyntoia Brown.”
(Response from office worker)
Most likely, you will not be able to speak to Haslam. Ask for the name of the person you are speaking to (for our records) and ask to leave a message.
Part 2: In 2004, Cyntoia Brown, a 16 year old victim of sex trafficking, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her assailant, Johnny Allen.
In June of 2012, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles convicted of murder cannot be subject to a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Last week, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that Cyntoia Brown must serve 51 years before she can be eligible for parole. This goes against the research and ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court when it comes to child offenders of violent crimes.
As a concerned citizen, I demand Governor Bill Haslam to grant clemency for Cyntoia Brown.
As a minor and a victim of sex trafficking, she should NOT have been sentenced to life in prison.
As a current survivor of the heinous act of Johnny Allen, she should not be forced to serve one more day behind bars because she feared for her life.
Again, I demand Governor Bill Haslam to grant clemency for Cyntoia Brown!
With effective phone slams / mass phone banking, lines are bound to get jammed and busy. That is perfectly okay!
If there is no answer:
Part 3: “Hi, my name is ___ and this message is for Governor Bill Haslam.”
(Return to Part 2 and continue)
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