Jeffrey Deskovic is the wrongful conviction expert for “The Security Brief.” He has delivered over 100 presentations on wrongful convictions across the country; authored more than 200 articles; lobbied elected officials in New York, Connecticut, and Washington D.C.; testified at legislative hearings in New York and Connecticut where wrongful conviction prevention legislation was considered; and given hundreds of print, radio, and television interviews. He has conducted numerous seminars at judicial gatherings, bar associations, prosecutorial groups, and other professional associations. He is certified as an instructor for, and has given numerous lectures to, soon-to-be graduating classes of police and correction officers. He co-designed a wrongful conviction college course syllabus which was taught at Farleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Deskovic co-taught a wrongful conviction college course at Rockland Community College in the fall of 2014. He has a master’s degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, with includes a thesis written on the causes of wrongful conviction along with the reforms needed to address them.
Mr. Deskovic is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, a 501 C 3 organization whose purpose is to fight wrongful convictions. To carry out this mission, the organization employs attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and others in support of a mission focused on raising awareness, seeking legislative changes, exonerating the wrongfully convicted, and helping exonerees reintegrate back into society.
In its first three years, the foundation has: helped exonerate a man after more than 23 years of wrongful imprisonment; worked extensively with parole boards on behalf of its clients with very positive results; helped exonerees reintegrate back into society; and participated in many presentations across the country as well as media interviews. The foundation differs from other organizations in several important ways: it taks on DNA as well as non-DNA cases, whereas most take cases that can be solved via DNA; it advocates policy changes that other organizations are silent about; and provides housing and reintegrative services for exonerees. Perhaps most importantly, the foundation was started by Mr. Deskovic, an exoneree himself who had been wrongfully convicted at the age of 17 and imprisoned for 16 years for a murder and rape he did not commit. Through DNA evidence, at the age of 32, he was proven innocent, and the actual perpetrator was identified after having committed an additional murder.
Amazingly, after successfully suing those who had wronged him civilly, Mr. Deskovic committed his life and $1.5 million dollars to helping other wrongfully convicted individuals by launching his foundation. He serves as an inspiration based on his positive attitude, powerful insights, and personal commitment.
Mr. Deskovic’s weekly blog will feature his thoughts about the stories of the guests who appear on our “The Deskovic Files: Wrongfully Convicted” episodes of “The Security Brief.” The blog postings will appear weekly, so be sure to check back. Please submit comments on his blog postings on our Facebook page