The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation For Justice is a New York based 501(c)(3) committed to the prevention of wrongful convictions both in DNA and Non-DNA cases, and the reintegration of exonerees.
The Foundation was established as a result of 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.
The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation is committed to fighting wrongful conviction through: raising awareness; seeking legislative changes; exonerating the wrongfully convicted; helping exonerees reintegrate.
When the wrong person is sent to prison, their families and friends are sent with them, while the victim and his/her family is impacted as well. At the same time, society is in danger because the actual perpetrator is free to strike again. We hope you'll join our fight against wrongful convictions. We hope you'll join our fight to keep the actually innocent out of prison, reintegrate the many exonerees who are coming home, and implement the necessary protocols, best practices and legislation to maintain our justice system's integrity.
3 Things You Can Do to End Police Killings and Fix the Criminal Justice System
December 10, 2014
Matthew Cooke and Adrian Grenier
We're doing a lot of talking. That's good. Now let's make them accountable.
Since the shooting of Mike Brown, more than 14 black teens have been killed by the police, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a boy in Cleveland, Ohio who was murdered less than two seconds after police arrived at a playground to answer a 911 call related to a black child carrying a pellet gun.
If you're a black teenager you're 21 times more likely to be shot by a police officer than if you're white. So we've been talking about racism.
Recent Rash of Exonerations Only the Surface: Many More Remain Wrongfully Imprisoned
December 9, 2014
Fernando Bermudez. Sami Leka. Jose Morales. Reuben Montalvo. Lazaro Burts. Kareen Bellamy. Anthony Ortiz. Frank Sterling. Roy Brown. Dennis Halstead. John Kogut. Eric Glisson. Jonathan Fleming.
Those are the names of 13 men that I personally knew and served time with who were exonerated either during my 16 years in prison or thereafter.
Last year there were 91 exonerations. This year there have been 90 thus far. To date there have been 1482 exonerations overall, only 321 of them being DNA related. Since taking office this past January, Brooklyn DA Thompson's conviction integrity unit has exonerated 11 people.
EXONERATED: After 16 Years in Prison, Jeffrey Deskovic, M.A., Has Much to Say about the Criminal Justice System
November 4, 2014 Fordham Law School
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Jeffrey Deskovic’s talk is part of a speakers series on the “Criminal Law in Flux,” which constitutes Professor Deborah Denno’s student seminar at Fordham Law School. Mr. Deskovic will discuss the following: his wrongful conviction and exoneration; general systemic deficiencies that lead to wrongful convictions and the reforms needed to address those cracks in the system; and The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice (www.deskovic.org), which focuses on fighting wrongful convictions.
Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department presents Actual Innocence and Forensic Science: An Examination of Wrongful Convictions
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Great Hall, New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street, Albany, New York
1:30pm - 4:30pm