When he was 17 years old Jarrett Adams was wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit. He spent years in prison before he was fully exonerated. His story is shocking and yet inspiring as he rebuilt his life and became a Lawyer himself working to touch the lives of others in positive ways. Host Randy Sutton goes in depth with the victim of bad policing, incompetent lawyering and an uncaring Criminal Justice system.
“We need to allow the people that are closest to the problem to provide the solution, because the people that are closest to the problem are also closest to the solution, yet they’re the furthest away from the resources to do it,” Jarrett Adams.
Randy Sutton and Jarrett Adams talk frankly about injustice and how we can all work together to bring America closer together through understanding and communication. “As a law enforcement officer, it saddens me that you became the victim of a system that basically just threw you under the bus and didn’t care about you – as a law enforcement officer it embarrasses me,” says Lt Randy Sutton.
Jarrett M. Adams was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault at age 17 and sentenced to 28 years in a maximum security prison. After serving nearly 10 years and filing multiple appeals, Jarrett was exonerated with the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Jarrett used the injustice he endured as inspiration to become an advocate for the underserved and often uncounted. As a first step, Jarrett earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in May 2015 and started a public interest law fellowship with Ann Claire Williams, judge for the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. This is the same court that reversed Jarrett’s conviction because of his trial lawyer’s constitutional deficiencies.