Saturday, November 27, 2021

What are the Chances that Wrongful Imprisonment Could Happen to You?

"I felt hopeless when I was in my 15th year of wrongful imprisonment- all of my appeals had been exhausted. I had written letters for four years looking for legal help, rarely getting answers, and then the parole board denied me parole in large part because I had maintained my innocence rather than expressing remorse and taking responsibility. I was openly asking my new pen pal if I should give up or if I should commit suicide." 

Jeffrey Deskovic is an internationally recognized wrongful conviction expert and founder of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice which has freed thirteen people and passed six laws aimed at preventing a wrongful conviction. An advisory board member of the coalition It Could Happen To You- which spear-headed the passage of additional laws.

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Jeff also serves on the Global Advisory Council of Restorative Justice International. He co-owns the Recharge Beyond The Bars Re-Entry Game. Jeff makes frequent television, radio, print, and new media appearances; speaks across the country and internationally; and regularly meets with elected officials. Jeff has spoken in front of police cadets, prosecutorial groups, judges, and defense attorneys, addressing a wide range of wrongful conviction topics. Jeff’s motivation is that he spent 16 years in prison-from age 17 to-32, for murder and rape prior to being exonerated by DNA.

A documentary short about his advocacy and life after exoneration, “Conviction”, can be watched on Amazon Prime.

HOW did you get through this nightmare of 15 years?

  • My belief in God
  • My attitude to NEVER give up
  • Continuously looking for a way out 
  • Willing to work as hard as necessary 

Wrongful Conviction

When we hear stories like Jeffrey's, often we don't know how to react -- but when he explains that his story is one of many and it COULD happen to you or someone you know --  THIS IS ONE INTERVIEW YOU CANNOT MISS

The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, whose mission is the three R’s:
  • Reversal - freeing the wrongfully convicted
  • Reform - pursuing policy changes aimed at preventing wrongful conviction
  • Recovery - helping the exonerees reintegrate into society by helping them on an emergency basis

Connect with Jeffrey here




  1. This is true. If you don't have a good lawyer -- public defenders are great but they are overwhelmed much of the time -- things can go awry very quickly. Thanks for sharing!

    1. When you listen to the interview you will see that it was not a matter of the lawyer being overwhelmed with cases, it was a complete railroad job - which makes it even more sad.

  2. WOW I can't imagine what Jeffrey went through!

    1. I listened to his interview twice and it touched me deeply each time -- he has taken an extreme trauma and turned it for good to help others.

  3. In Presque Isle County Michigan, the Public Defenders work for the Judges of our County. They all sign a contract with the Judge. So how does anyone get true Justice in a system is already rigged against the defendant. In our son's case Jeremiah Dewey, he was convicted on five counts of criminal sexual conduct 1st degree with no evidence to prove it ever happened.