Jessica Jackson Receives the 2019 Alexander Law Prize
In March 2019, #cut50 co-founder Jessica Jackson was awarded the prestigious Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize from Santa Clara University. This honor is awarded to legal advocates who leverage their degrees to help alleviate injustice and inequity.
Jessica is a human rights attorney, mother of two, and fearless advocate for social change. Jessica began her career representing men incarcerated in California’s death row, and went on to co-found #cut50 alongside Van Jones and then Dream Corps National Director Matt Haney in 2015 — the same year she was elected Mill Valley Mayor, setting a record as the youngest elected official to serve in Marin County, California.
Jessica saw the US criminal justice system firsthand when her then-husband was incarcerated and sentenced in Georgia, shortly after her first daughter was born. She turned her pain into an unrelenting mission to change the justice system on behalf of other families who had been needlessly torn apart by incarceration. This perspective, coupled with Jessica’s legal background, enabled her to cultivate empathy in unlikely places and work across the aisle with lawmakers to advance major legislative achievements at the state and federal levels.