ANNANDALE, NJ – He was convicted of murder and rape and spent 16 years in prison.

It didn’t matter that before the trial, a DNA test yielded a negative result.

He lost all seven of his appeals. He was turned down for parole.

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But eight years ago, Jeffrey Deskovic was exonerated by further DNA testing that also identified the actual perpetrator. Deskovic believes his wrongful conviction was caused by a coerced, false confession; prosecutorial misconduct; fraud by a medical examiner; and an inept public defender. 

On Friday, Jan. 11,  Chabad of Hunterdon will host “An Evening with Jeffrey Deskovic: A Look at Criminal Justice Reform.”

Deskovic will speak about his experience and his advocacy for criminal justice reform. He’ll talk about a foundation that is dedicated to helping those who lack proper representation, and his pursuit for  policy changes in the criminal justice system that are more equitable and effective. 

Deskovic holds a Master’s Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, with a thesis written on the causes of wrongful conviction and the reforms needed to prevent them. He is the Executive Director of the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to free the wrongfully convicted; prevent wrongful convictions by educating the public and elected officials on the causes of wrongful conviction; advocate for changes in the law and procedures needed to address the cracks in the system; and helping the exonerated reintegrate back into society.

Deskovic launched the Foundation using $1.5 million of money that he was awarded as compensation. 
This event is suitable for all ages. A catered kosher Shabbat dinner will be served, followed by the presentation. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged.

Interactive Shabbat services will be held at 6:45 p.m. Dinner and the featured presentation follow at 7:30.

For more information about this or future events, or to RSVP, visit the website, call 908-238-9002, or send an email. The dinner and talk is $18 for adults; $10 for children.