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Finding Purpose in Adversity

What would you do if you were convicted of a gruesome crime you didn’t commit? Now imagine serving 16 years of your life for that crime, all the while having to fight against the current of a system that is not only indifferent, but often malicious? You could be furious, frustrated, and fall into a habit of resentment towards the world. Or you could take the admirable path chosen by today’s guest, Jeff Deskovic.

Motivated by his own experiences, Jeff is a first-person advocate for justice reform, policy changes, and the wrongfully convicted. His hard work and dedication have resulted in 11 overturned convictions and has successfully pushed for 8 laws to be passed. In today’s episode we will look at a normal that’s long been accepted, but has seen a growing demand for reform in recent years: the justice system.

Topics covered:

  • Disingenuous police interrogation tactics that result in coerced, faulty confessions
  • Navigating a system full of built-in biases that set many people up to fail
  • Jeff shares his story of wrongful conviction and his journey toward advocacy, legal work, and founding of his own organization to assist the wrongfully convicted
  • Why you shouldn’t shirk jury duty
  • Punitive imprisonment vs rehabilitation, and the changes needed within prisons to create a better world


Further Resources:

Jeff’s Foundation: https://www.deskovicfoundation.org/

It Could Happen to You:  https://itcouldhappen2you.org/

Restorative Justice International:  https://restorativejusticeinternational.com/

Support Jeff’s Foundation: https://www.patreon.com/Deskovic

“Conviction” Documentary about Jeff: https://www.amazon.com/Conviction-Jeffrey-Deskovic/dp/B08F9CN2XG

Connect with Jeff:

Jeff’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeffreydeskovic

Deskovic Foundation Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tdfjustice

Jeff’s Public Figure Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/jeffrey.deskovic

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreydeskovic

About The New World Normal:

The New World Normal with Debbie Harrell examines the profound cultural shift incurred by COVID-19. As we re-enter society from the isolated chaos of a global pandemic, we have each been given an unprecedented opportunity to sculpt our culture. With this power comes the question: What kind of world would you like to live in? Each episode of The New World Normal looks forward with optimism and guidance from qualified guests to question a dynamic, a standard, or an institution that has perhaps been taken for granted. Join Debbie as she explores what worked, what didn’t, and what we can do about it.

Connect with Debbie:

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/newworldnormal

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenewworldnorm/

Web page: https://newworldintentions.com/

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