Jeffrey Deskovic was arrested at 16, after a coerced false confession, for the November 1989 rape and murder of 15-year-old classmate, Angela Correa, in Peekskill NY. In 1991 he was convicted of 1st-degree rape and 2nd-degree murder, and sentenced to 15 years to Life, despite DNA evidence already indicating that he was not the perpetrator. He lost all seven of his appeals, and was turned down for parole, before being proven innocent through further DNA testing via the DNA Databank, which identified the actual perpetrator, Steven Cunningham.
Left free, while Jeffrey was doing time for the crime in his place, Cunningham committed a second murder 3 ½ years later. Once it was established that the DNA taken from the crime scene matched Cunningham’s, he confessed to authorities and to a reporter on video, and pled guilty in court. On November 2nd, 2006, all charges against Jeffrey were dismissed, based upon actual innocence grounds.
Jeff earned a B.A. from Mercy College; graduated with a Masters Degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and recently started Law School at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law. After receiving some financial compensation from the State of New York, as well as settlements from other entities that he sued in a 1983 Civil Rights Lawsuit, Jeffrey committed a million and a half dollars to starting The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, which exonerates the wrongfully convicted both in DNA and non-DNA cases; works to prevent wrongful conviction through raising awareness and seeking changes in the law; and helps exonerees reintegrate back into society.
To support the The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, visit their crowd funding site, which lays out exactly how all funds raised will be spent.
You will hear Jeffrey’s voice at the beginning and end of all juvie episodes, announcing and closing the show.