Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System
by Jarrett Adams Author
At age seventeen, an all-white jury sentenced Jarrett Adams to nearly thirty years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. After nearly ten years and a mountain of research and effort, both by Adams and his family outside of prison, Adams retained the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project and was ultimately exonerated and released from prison. That's only the first part of this remarkable story. After obtaining a law degree, Adams went to work for the New York Innocence Project, and in his first case found himself arguing before the same court that had convicted him. And he won. An incredible true story of redemption and the profound systemic inequities and flaws that pervade our so-called justice system, Redeeming Justice shows us how the failure of our courts is not only a failure of empathy, but of our desire to even know the truth. An absolute must read, especially in this era where we seem poised either to reckon with racial injustice as a society, or sweep it back under the rug until the next galvanizing moment.
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