25 Coming of Age – A Valentine’s Invitation

Jeffrey Deskovic, who lost half his teenage years and all his twenties to wrongful incarceration, is looking for a date for the evening of Valentine’s Day 2017, so we invite eligible single women to listen closely. He talks about the social challenges he faced after exoneration as a result of being in prison at the crucial period when teenagers and young men are forming friendship groups, and experimenting with dating and romantic relationships.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jeffrey talks affectionately about the non-romantic prison and post-exoneration relationships that have been important and influential for him, with other prisoners, prison authority figures, a long-distance stranger, his family, brother Chris, a college dean, and fellow exoneree Richard Rosario, and relates some humorous incidents in his life that have made even untenable situations bearable. He also engages in a bit of back-and-forth banter with Zoe about what women want!

If you are interested in being Jeffrey’s date for Valentine’s night, please send a photo and brief description of yourself to Jeffrey or juvie:                                                                                     Jeffrey Deskovic: j.deskovic@hotmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            juvie Podcast: juviepodcast@gmail.com

Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?; It’s Like Trying to Speak Swahili with Gandhi


21 Carrot & Stick – False Confession

In animated conversation with New York State exonerees, Jeffrey Deskovic and David McCallum, who were both charged with murder at age 16, and spent 16 and 29 years in prison, respectively: They talk in depth about the nature of teenage false confession, describing their own experiences, expounding on the red flags that indicate a confession may not be genuine, and outlining laws and procedures that would make false confession by juveniles less likely. Zoe reflects on developmental context. Continue reading