The Deskovic Foundation is a New York based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to exonerating the wrongfully convicted both in DNA and non-DNA cases, as well as wrongful conviction prevention. The Foundation was established as a result of Jeffrey Deskovic’s own wrongful conviction at the age of 17 of the rape and murder of a 15 year old girl. Authorities knew his DNA did not match that of the actual perpetrator – who, three years later, went on to murder another young woman and mother of two – but rogue police officers, prosecutors, and other law enforcement personnel knowingly and maliciously accused, prosecuted, and eventually secured his conviction. After his exoneration and release after sixteen years in prison, Deskovic successfully sued the authorities responsible and used a substantial portion of the compensation he was awarded to start the Deskovic Foundation.
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Jeffrey Deskovic, M.A., is an internationally recognized recognized wrongful conviction expert whose body of work includes: delivering 200 presentations across the country and some internationally; authoring more than 200 articles while being published in 9 different publications; participating in countless television, radio, and print media interviews; meeting with elected officials and testifying at legislative hearings. Jeff is certified as a instructor in New Jersey Police Academies, where he has presented to 7 soon to be graduating classes of police officers on the topics of ethics and best practices in re wrongful conviction prevention. He has also twice co-taught a wrongful conviction college class at Rockland Community College. Working in collaboration with New Yorkers Against The Death Penalty, Jeff helped ward off capital punishment reinstatement efforts in 2007 due, amongst other reasons, to the risk of executing an innocent person, while he was part of the successful effort at legislatively repealing the death penalty in Connecticut in collaboration with the Connecticut Network To End The Death Penalty.
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Jeff started The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation, whose purpose is to free the wrongfully convicted and to pursue policy changes aimed at preventing them, while also raising awareness. In it's 5 1/2 years of existence, The Foundation exonerated two people while freeing 5 others through other legal means, and it assisted in the effort at passing recording interrogations in some cases and identification reform. Jeff has also served as a CLE Instructo to 4 different groups of Judges, covering topics such as "Catching and Correcting Wrongful Convictions in the Normal Course of the Appellate Process"; "Dealing with Post Conviction Motions in Which There Is A Claim of Actual Innocence"; "How to Avoid Presiding Over A Trial That Results in a Wrongful Conviction"; and "How Has Proceduralism Stood in the Way of Substantive Justice".
Jeff started The Foundation because he spent 16 years in prison-from age 17-32- for a murder and rape he did not commit. His wrongful conviction, which happened despite a pre-trial negative DNA Test, was caused by a coerced, false confession; prosecutorial misconduct; fraud by the medical examiner; and an inept public defender. Jeff lost all seven of his appeals and was turned down for parole prior to being exonerated via further DNA Testing through the DNA Databank, which not only exonerated him but also identified the actual perpetrator. He took some of the money he was awarded as financial compensation to start The Foundation.
Along with his advocacy, Jeff completed his B.A. in Behavioral Science thanks to a scholarship from Mercy College; a M.A. from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which includes a thesis on wrongful conviction causes and changes needed to prevent them; and he just finished his second year of law school at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, in pursuit of his dream of exonerating others as an attorney.
In recognition of his advocacy work, Jeff has received the following awards: "New Yorker of The Week", which was bestowed by the television channel NY 1; "Humanitarian of the Year" by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce; the "2018 Distinguished Alumn" award by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice; the "Agent of Change" award by the Hudson Valley Re-Entry Network; and he is listed in the book "50 at 50", which lists the top 50 students in the 50 year history of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice who embody the spirit of John Jay's "Fierce Advocates for Justice". Here is a short, poignant video about Jeff's life "https://bit.ly/2LxE646"
One of Jeff's dreams is to find 25,000 people who afford $3 a month on a recurring monthly basis. With the money, The Foundation would be able to hire a robust staff to free even more wrongfully convicted people. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/Deskovic