When he was 17, Jeffrey Deskovic was wrongfully convicted of the 1989 murder and rape of a 15-year-old classmate. DNA testing conducted before his trial showed that the semen in the rape kit was not his; nevertheless, based on his alleged confession, police officers, prosecutors, and other law enforcement personnel knowingly accused, prosecuted, and wrongfully convicted the teen. He then served 16 years in prison, lost seven appeals, and was turned down for parole. In 2006, with the help of The Innocence Project, he was exonerated.
After his release, Jeffrey successfully sued the authorities and used a substantial portion of the compensation he was awarded to start the Deskovic Foundation, dedicated to helping the wrongfully convicted. Most recently, Jeffrey graduated from the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University with a law degree.
Today, Jeffrey delivers presentations and seminars across the country, is the author of more than 200 articles, and the subject of hundreds of print and electronic media stories. He is also the wrongful conviction expert on the television show “The Security Brief“, while also producing its special Friday episodes, which are subtitled “Wrongfully Convicted: The Deskovic Files“.
Justice for the wrongfully convicted
Life after exoneration
Jeffrey Deskovic: After Innocence from WUNC / The Story
Jeffrey Deskovic was 16 years old when he was arrested for the murder of a female classmate he hardly knew. Although he was innocent, he was convicted of murder and spent the next decade and a half in prison. He was exonerated at age 34, robbed of most of his early adult life. WUNC spoke to Jeffrey at the Innocence Network Conference in April 2013 in Charlotte, NC.
The true injustice of wrongful conviction | Jeffrey Deskovic | TEDxMarthasVineyard
In this harrowing but moving talk, Jeffrey Deskovic describes his own wrongful conviction as a teenager and the horrible impact miscarriages of justice like this have on our society. Ultimately, Jeffrey urges us to join him in fighting for justice system reform and for the wrongfully convicted.