A girl whose sentence in a Texas Youth Commission facility sparked protest from the black community is now free. 15-year-old Shaquanda Cotton drew national attention when she was sent to the TYC for pushing a hall monitor at her high school in Paris, Texas. Cotton served one year, but could have stayed there until she turned 21-years-old.
Prosecutors and the school district said Cotton would remain until she admitted wrongdoing. She was convicted of "assault on a public servant." But Cotton was released on May 31st after several protests on her behalf.
A recently appointed special conservator of the Texas Youth Commission ordered Cotton released. She is one of approximately four-hundred juveniles across the state that Jay Kimbrough has ordered to be released from custody after ruling they had served enough time.