Monday, April 02, 2007

Shaquanda Cotton Free

Radio personality Rickey Smiley embraces Shaquanda Cotton.

Public outcry worked! The 15-year-old was released from prison on Saturday after serving a year for shoving a hall monitor. The release was ordered by Jay Kimbrough, a special conservator appointed to overhaul the Texas Youth Commission because of -- get this-- a sex scandal in which prison officials coerced sex from inmates. Child inmates. 400 kids may be released by the end of the week, according to Kimbrough. All of them had been approved for release but had their captivity extended by the Texas Youth Commission staff.

A local radio DJ who led a rally outside the county courthouse last week interviewed Cotton after her release. You can watch the dangerous criminal who had to be locked up for a year here. (sample: Q: What did you do when you got home? A: Hugged my brother.)

Best article on the case and the locale: The Age (Australia): 14-year-old girl in jail for shoving teacher's aide

Houston Chronicle: Black teen who pushed hall monitor freed from juvenile prison

BlackAmericaWeb: Lawmaker Who Hastened Shaquanda Cotton’s Release: ‘This Never Should Have Happened’

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