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.
Jeff visits with Lorenzo in prison, along with one of Lorenzo's Attorneys, Michael Wiseman.
Foundation client Lorenzo Johnson, whom it is assisting primarily with public relations, was released after a federal court ruled there was insufficient evidence- tantamount to a not guilty verdict. Just 4 months later, Jeff had to drive him back to prison to resume a life without parole sentence for a crime he is innocent of because the US Supreme Court reinstated the conviction.
Support our efforts to help free him by signing his petition.
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.
Chabad of the Shore
September 4, 2015
Chabad of the Shore, a Jewish community organization in Long Branch, NJ, hosted a dinner and invited Jeffrey Deskovic to be the guest speaker, followed by Q&A.
August 31, 2015
Jeffrey Deskovic was honored with being invited to speak at TEDxMartha's Vineyard along with other preeminent leaders, thinkers, and doers.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, which now has given birth local, self-organized TEDx events on a global scale. TEDxMartha's Vineyard is a day of talks, performances, and community building on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts each August.