Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System

Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System

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He was seventeen when an all-white jury sentenced him to prison for a crime he didn't commit. Now, in this unforgettable memoir, a pioneering lawyer recalls the journey that led to his exoneration--and inspired him to devote his life to fighting the many injustices in our legal system.

Seventeen years old and facing nearly thirty years behind bars, Jarrett Adams sought to figure out the why behind his fate. Sustained by his mother and aunts who brought him back from the edge of despair through letters of prayer and encouragement, Adams became obsessed with our legal system in all its damaged glory. After studying how his constitutional rights to effective counsel had been violated, he solicited the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, an organization that exonerates the wrongfully convicted, and won his release after nearly ten years in prison.

But the journey was far from over. Adams took the lessons he learned through his incarceration and worked his way through law school with the goal of helping those who, like himself, had faced our legal system at its worst. After earning his law degree, he worked with the New York Innocence Project, becoming the first exoneree ever hired by the nonprofit as a lawyer. In his first case with the Innocence Project, he argued before the same court that had convicted him a decade earlier--and won.

In this cinematic story of hope and full-circle redemption, Adams draws on his life and the cases of his clients to show the racist tactics used to convict young men of color, the unique challenges facing exonerees once released, and how the lack of equal representation in our courts is a failure not only of empathy but of our collective ability to uncover the truth. Justice for Sale is an unforgettable firsthand account of the limits--and possibilities--of our country's system of law.

Title:Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both Sides of a Broken System
ISBN:9780593137819
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  • Sherron

    A must-read, highly inspirational memoire of a young black man who, after being failed by the legal system himself, is now working to ensure others do not encounter the same fate he had. Jarrett grew ...

  • Whitney

    Wow, what an incredible, inspiring story. This book reads like a movie and I imagine it will be made into a movie one day. Jarrett Adams is wrongfully convicted of rape when he is just 17 years old, a...

  • Ryann

    I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. As an attorney in Chicago, I was familiar with Jarrett’s story when he was a law student a few years ago. I was still unprepared for how comp...

  • Lauren Morgan

    I don't usually read memoirs or a lot of nonfiction but Jarrett's story is powerful and so important. Jarrett takes you on a surreal and painful journey through his experience with the justice system....

  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)

    Originally published on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com.Jarrett Adams tells his alternately inspiring and maddening story in Redeeming Justice: From Defendant to Defender, My Fight for Equity on Both...

  • Eric

    Jarrett Adams' story is one that ought to be sung from the rooftops of all who desire that the criminal justice system would be truly just. And while the author and his story are clearly and inextrica...

  • Abbey

    One of the best books I’ve read. I wish it wasn’t a true story for Jarrett and so many other black Americans. Devastating but necessary to read and try understand even an ounce of what they are up...

  • Shonah Burns

    4.5At age 17, Jarrett Adams was arrested for a crime he didn't commit. He was then convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison. After 10 grueling years in maximum security, he was finally exonerated...

  • Pramod

    REDEEMING JUSTICEBY JARRETT ADAMSConvergent Books.#JusticeforSale,#NetGalley, #Racism,#JarrettAdams,#ConvergentBooks“ When you are a young black man, you don’t give police a reason.” So was the ...

  • Mary

    At only 17 years of age, Jarrett Adams was found guilty of a crime that he didn't commit and sentenced to 28 years in prison. At a time when he should have had countless opportunities ahead of him, a ...