Defense Campaign:

Ky Peterson


Pulaski State Prison (Hawkinsville, GA)

Case Summary

Ky Peterson is a black trans man from Georgia. In 2011, as he was walking home from a convenience store, a man hit him over the head and knocked him out. When he woke up he was being raped. In the midst of his struggle with his attacker, he shot and killed the man. Ky waited over a year in jail to meet with a public defender, who thenonly met with him twice. According to statements made by Ky’s public defender, they denied his right to plead self-defense because Ky is black and “looks stereotypically gay”. Ky was forced to sign a plea deal while on heavy mental health medications. He pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, according to Georgia law. But Ky was sentenced to 20 years, with 15 to serve in confinement. So far Ky has served over 5 years in prison.

Defense Campaign


Action Steps

Download #FreeKy Support Guide

Review helpful support guide to learn more about writing to Ky and the Governor (PDF)

Write to Ky

Kenyota Peterson
Pulaski State Prison (E6-A)
P.O.Box 839
Hawkinsville, GA 31036
This video was conceived by Mariame Kaba and narrated by CeCe McDonald.  Directed and produced by Dean Spade and Hope Dector.
Audio editing by Lewis Wallace. ​Created by the Barnard Center for Research on Women and Survived and Punished.