JARRETT ADAMS was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault at age 17 and sentence to 28 years in a maximum security prison. After serving nearly ten years, Jarrett was exonerated with the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Upon his release, Jarrett attended junior college and then enrolled in Roosevelt University, where he graduated with highest honors. While in school, Jarrett began working full-time as an investigator with the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois, where he continues to assist in the representation of indigent defendants facing felony charges.
Jarrett currently lives in Chicago where he works as an adjunct professor for the Life After Innocence Clinic and won a fellowship to clerk for the Seventh Circuit. He attended Loyola University Chicago Law School as a part-time student while continuing to work for the Federal Defender Program. Jarrett received the 2012 Chicago Bar Foundation’s Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Scholarship, which is awarded to one law student attending one of nine Illinois law schools who intends to pursue a career in public interest law. Jarrett plans to dedicate his legal career to advocating for indigent defendants and working to prevent wrongful convictions.
Jarrett, along with Antione Day (a fellow LAI exoneree), recently started the Life After Justice Center. The Center’s mission statement is: “To assist exonerees and parolees successfully reenter society. To provide clean, stable housing that acts as a transitional platform through a structured, mentored living environment. To facilitate job training, employment, counseling and other services through the use of outside providers. To connect with the local community and to be a positive contribution to improving the community’s image.” Currently the Center is raising funds and looking for a building in the near-West Chicago neighborhoods. The Center hopes to open its doors in the Fall of 2012. For more information about the Center or to find out how you can help, please email the Center at:firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Rape that Wasn’t: The Wrongful Conviction of Jarrett Adams (Huffington Post)
- Former inmate hits the books (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)
- The Rape that Wasn’t: The Wrongful Conviction of Jarrett Adams (Innocence Videos)
- Man Now Clerks at Court That Gave Him His Freedom (Today Show)