Finding Purpose in Adversity

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:

It Could Happen to You:

Restorative Justice International:

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“Conviction” Documentary about Jeff:

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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.

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