Alton Pitre was raised by his loving grandmother in The Jungles, a neighborhood located in South Central, Los Angeles. As a youth, he became affiliated in a local gang, which led to his arrest for a robbery he did not commit, just two months before graduating from high school. On his last juvenile court date, two years later, Pitre declined a plea bargain of a year and a strike and was sent to adult court, where he faced a possible 46 years to life sentence. He was later exonerated in adult court.
Since his release in 2010 , the Jungle native has dedicated his life to becoming an advocate for youth across the nation. Currently, Pitre is a columnist for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, serves on the Member Board for the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, and is studying sociology at Morehouse College.