Cyntoia Brown, who got her life sentence for killing a man when she was only 16, got released from prison in Tennessee on Wednesday after serving 15 years behind bars. Brown was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who bought her for sex. Brown has now been released to parole supervision after spending over a decade in jail.
“I look forward to using my experiences to help other women and girls suffering abuse and exploitation,” Brown said in a statement after her release.
While in prison, the now now 31-year-old received her associate degree from Lipscomb University in 2015 and, according to The Tennessean, recieved a bachelor’s degree in the Tennessee Prison for Women in back in May.
“I learned that my life was — and is — not over,” Brown said in a documentary, “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story.” “I can create opportunities where I can actually help people.”