At the age of 17 Jarrett Adams was convicted of rape and sentenced to 28 years in prison, ten years later he was exonerated for the crime. Now, he has graduated from Loyola University with a law degree. Adams was exonerated with the help of The Innocence Project, a non-profit organization that helps wrongfully convicted inmates fight their convictions. Brian Torchin is astonished at the volume of people who have been wrongfully convicted.
According to Adams, the entire nightmare began when he lied to his parents about his whereabouts. The then teenager told his parents he was staying with friends, but instead they headed to a college campus. There they partied and allegedly ended up in the dorm room of a girl. She later accused all three men of rape. Adams has always insisted he was innocent.
The innocence project works with DNA evidence and testimony to overturn convictions. They have lawyers that donate their time filling out proper paperwork and arguing the cases.
Adams graduation is just the first step in the process of healing for the young man. After spending nearly 10 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit he has a lot of catching up to do. First on his list was graduating from college.
His graduation was attended by a friend who was also exonerated by The Innocence Project,Jeffrey Deskovic. Deskovic was found guilty of raping and murdering a 15-year-old classmate in 1990. The crime took place in affluent Westchester County, NY. He spent sixteen years in prison before DNA testing precluded him from committing the crime.