He and two of his buddies visited the University of Wisconsin. Matters took an unlucky turn from
He was just 17 years old at that time.
To make matters worse, the court his attorney, who was named by the court, didn’t offer a defense at trial. Finally, Adams was convicted and was given a 28-year sentence.
Talking with MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber, Adams shared:
“I maintained my innocence in the start since I was innocent.”
Jarrett Adams was accused and convicted of sexual assault when he was 17.
Among his cellmates motivated him to work on establishing his innocence – instead of wasting his time playing basketball while in prison.
He learned about case law and determined to take the challenge. He afterwards wrote a letter:
Keith Findley of the Wisconsin Innocence Project said:
We got the letter, in time to enable us to do a national appeal, from Jarrett. We’d potent new evidence that hadn’t been presented to his jury.”
In 2007, the justices of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals determined to throw the conviction.
“The day my conviction overturned, I was taken down, to a telephone room, out of my cell. They said, ‘Jarrett, you won, hearing and ’ that brought tears to my eyes
This is after he spent 9 years of his life
When I went to prison “, there was no Google. There was no e-mail. There was none of the things. So I ‘d to determine an easy method in which I had to catch up with the world in order to simply have a chance at life.”
After 9 years of incarceration, he determined to take up law
And a great “shot” was taken by Adams at life as he studied at Chicago’s Loyola University Law School where he earned his degree.
David Yellen, dean at Loyola University, said:
“Jarret has this fire for using his legal education and his abilities to right wrongs in society.”
Now, Adams is simply looking forward to the results of his bar exam. He plans to help those who couldn’t manage to hire an attorney.
The narrative of Jarrett Adams won’t be recalled as, you know, man convicted, got out.
“No, the narrative of Jarrett Adams will be a man wrongfully convicted, got out, and worked every single day ’til he gasped his last breath to alter the criminal justice system for the better.”
Jarrett Adams, you happen to be an inspiration!