I am Jeffrey Deskovic. I started a non-profit to fight wrongful convictions after I was exonerated subsequent to serving 16 years in prison for a rape and murder I did not commit, Ask Me Anything.
In 1990, at the age of 17, I was convicted of the rape and murder of my high school classmate, Angela Correa. I was sentenced to 15 to life based on a coerced false confession, prosecutorial misconduct, fraud by the medical examiner, and an inept public defender, despite the fact that DNA found on the victim did not match my own. I lost all 7 of my appeals and was turned down for parole.
After spending 16 years in prison, I was finally proven innocent by DNA testing, which not only exonerated me but also identified the actual perpetrator. After receiving financial compensation from the State of New York, I committed $1.5 million to start The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice.
The Foundation works on a pro bono basis to free the wrongfully convicted.
The Foundation raises public awareness about the systemic deficiencies leading to wrongful convictions through speaking engagements, media and radio broadcasts, grassroots education initiatives, and lobbying on both federal and state levels for legislative reform.
Finally, the Foundation provides numerous resources including temporary housing for exonerees to assist them in putting their lives back together.
Visit our Rally.org page to learn more about the Foundation and get involved with the cause: https://rally.org/deskovic
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