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Cyntoia Brown

This is BIG news for anyone who followed this story!

Via Tennessean:

Cyntoia Brown, 30, who was convicted of first-degree murder when she was 16 and sentenced to life in prison, has been granted clemency by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

The case garnered national attention, and drew in high-profile celebrities among those advocating for her release.

Haslam granted Brown a full commutation to parole on Monday.

Now that a decision has been made, here’s what it means:

What does clemency mean in Tennessee?

Executive clemency in Tennessee is “an act of mercy or leniency providing relief from certain consequence of a criminal conviction,” according to the state’s Executive Clemency Unit.

Only the governor can exercise executive clemency power.

What does executive clemency cover?

While the term “clemency” is sometimes used interchangeably with “pardon” and “commutation,” there are several differences between them.

According to the Executive Clemency Board, the various forms of clemency include:

  • Commutation: Substitution of a lesser sentence for a greater sentence.
  • Pardon: Statement of forgiveness. Does not delete conviction from record.
  • Exoneration: Declaration of Innocence that requires written legal documentation. Conviction is deleted from record.
  • Reprieves: Request to delay the impending punishment or sentence.

Do any of the charges remain?

Yes. Since this was a commutation and not an exoneration, the charges will still remain on Brown’s record. Continue reading here to find out when she will be released and more [HERE].

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