Days ahead of her release from prison, Cyntoia Brown has released a statement thanking her supporters and asking for privacy when she gets home. She also confirmed that she will be released today (August 7th) after serving 15 years in prison. When Cyntoia was 16, she murdered real estate Johnny Mitchell Allan as an act of self -defense after he she was forced into prostitution. She was tried as an adult and sentenced to two concurrent life sentences. She was granted clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam back in January.

Brown said in a statement, “While first giving honor to God who made all of this possible, I would also like to thank my many supporters who have spoken on my behalf and prayed for me. I’m blessed to have a very supportive family and friends to support me in the days to come. I look forward to using my experiences to help other women and girls suffering abuse and exploitation.” She continued, “I thank Governor and First Lady Haslam for their vote of confidence in me and with the Lord’s help I will make them as well as the rest of my supporters proud.”

Meanwhile, The Seattle Times has reported that Cyntoia will be releasing a book called Free Cyntoia. It will be published by Atria Books and will chronicle her life experiences before and after being incarcerated.