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BREAK THE SYSTEM: An Intimate Journey in the Juvenile Criminal Justice System

January 19 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, January 12, January 19 and January 26, 7:30 PM-8:30 PM EST
For Grades 8-12

In this interactive online experience, teens will meet with activists from Alabama, Arkansas, and New York to hear personal journeys touching on Jim Crow, poverty, mass incarceration, and the criminal justice system. Join us to hear first-hand accounts from those personally impacted by these issues, engage in dialogue, and participate in an interactive project. Special guests include Michelle and Curtis Browder, Kuntrell Jackson, and Hannah Grossman from Repair the World.

There is no fee for this program, but registration is required.
Questions? Contact Abbe Marcus at amarcus@circle.org.

Register at https://admissions.jtsa.edu/register/breakthesystem.



Kuntrell Jackson was 14 years old when he was arrested, and 17 years old when he was sentenced to life without parole. He alongside the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) for sentencing reform and was released 16 years later, at 33 years old.

Kuntrell Jackson was barely 14 on the night of the incident that led to his arrest. He was walking with an older cousin and friend when the boys began discussing the idea of robbing a video store. When they arrived at the store, the other two boys went in, but Kuntrell stayed outside by the door. One of the other boys shot the clerk, and then all three fled without taking any money. 

Kuntrell was tried as an adult and convicted of capital murder. The court imposed a mandatory life imprisonment without parole sentence. Bryan Stevenson of the  EJI challenged his sentence as cruel and unusual punishment, and won the right to new sentencing in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kuntrell remains involved in the fight for prison and sentence reform. He is an outspoken activist, author, and advocate who speaks to young audiences about the systematic abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence, and poverty leading to mass incarceration. Join us to engage in dialogue about his incredible journey.


January 19
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM