The story of Cyntoia Brown will be made for tv at Starz, titled “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System”. The series follows story the life of Cyntoia Brown who as a 16-year-old was sentenced to life in prison. Brown’s boyfriend sex trafficked her and after shooting Johnny Allen she was tried as an adult. She was found guilty of aggravated robbery and first-degree murder. Even though she was under 18 her eligibility for parole couldn’t come until 51 into her sentence. For years she fought for people to believe her that it was an act of self-defense. She garnered support for big-time celebs like LeBron James, Kim Kardashian, and Rihanna. Her relief came in 2019 when she was granted clemency. Brown’s life since has been dedicated to fighting for victims of trafficking and pushing for criminal justice reform.
President of original Programming for Starz, Christina Davis said this about the new series, “We’re honored to be entrusted with Cyntoia’s story, which shines a light on the injustice of a system that tried and sentenced an at-risk minor as an adult when she was a victim herself of sex trafficking,”. Davis went onto say “This limited series from Curtis, La La and Santa chronicles Cyntoia’s long journey to freedom and furthers our #TakeTheLead programming mandate centered on narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences.”