Kuntrell Jackson was born on November 1, 1985 in Blytheville, Arkansas, where he grew up in a public housing community devastated by the prevalence of drugs, guns, and violence. His life was filled with turbulent times, and by the age of 14, Kuntrell found himself involved in a tragic incident surrounding the attempted robbery of a video store. Kuntrell, who initially chose to stay outside of the store, decided to enter just as another boy shot and killed the clerk. His presence at the scene left him tried as an adult and convicted of capital murder, receiving a mandatory life sentence without the chance of parole.
With the involvement of Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Kuntrell would become one of the plaintiffs in a 2012 case challenging his sentence (Jackson v. Hobbs and Miller v. Alabama). EJI took his case to the Supreme Court and in June 2012, in a divided opinion, the Court issued a historic ruling, holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children are unconstitutional. He was eventually re-sentenced, released, and supported through his societal re-entry process through EJI’s Post-Release Education & Preparation (PREP) program.
Today, Kuntrell is an outspoken activist, author, advocate, and highly sought out speaker who travels to universities, churches, school systems, and nonprofit organizations. He is fulfilling his purpose by speaking to audiences regarding young children in America who are deeply affected by abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence, and poverty leading to mass incarceration. Kuntrell is strategically involved in the fight for prison and sentencing reform and the fight against stringent parole conditions and the lack of support for those re-entering communities, which lead to high recidivism rates.
QUOTE FROM KUNTRELL JACKSON
Prison saved my life. If they really wanted to destroy me, they would have left me free.
FACTS AND ENGAGEMENTS
Kuntrell’s historic & high profile Supreme Court case has garnered much attention and left him in great demand. Whether for a youth center, K-12 schools, college campuses or community events, if you’d like to book Kuntrell please inquire here.
Activism & advocacy
Having experienced it first hand, Kuntrell’s insider view of America’s broken criminal justice system, compels us to confront inequality and injustice. He is focusing on making a difference as an advocate and activist through P.A.I.N.
EQUAL JUSTICE & FACTS
An injustice concedes its abuses and fails if the people refuse to accept them. Kuntrell is on a mission to persuade the people to declare that enough is enough and, to demand that their elected officials put an end to systemic, unlawful and unconstitutional judicial practices. Read the Facts.
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Kuntrell Jackson you are strength! You are hope! You are resilience! You are light! Keep shining my brother! It’s a huge honor to have met you because there’s not many times where we get to put a person to a story like yours instead of just an innate number and a trial but you fought hard and you WON! You are black excellence your story truly touched me and I pray you get the chance to tell the world who YOU are!
John David White
Got a chance to meet this young man Kuntrell Jackson at the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Al. A down to earth guy and a great inspiration as well. He is very much apart of our black history and has a story to tell. After being wrongfully convicted of capital murder with life without parole at the age of 14 (and over a decade later freed), his case alone immediately freed over 3,000 more blacks across the United States of America.
I met a brother tonight that is an inspiration and has a story that NEEDS to be told. Bless you Kuntrell Jackson.
I got the unexpected chance to meet Kuntrell Jackson today in Montgomery, Al who’s case made a difference in history. His story is an inspiration that no matter how bad things may get, God can and will make a way. We need to step up, spread the truth, and cause more of these changes in today’s society, because though we’ve came a long way, justice still has not been entirely met to the standard it should be. Greater things are sure to come, but we have to come together in unity to do something about it!