Deskovic Foundation

Exonerations to Date

According to the National Registry of Exonerations there have been 2,231 exonerations to date.

Our Most Recent Exoneration

The Deskovic Foundation just exonerated William Haughey after he spent 8 years in prison for an arson he did not commit.

A New Exoneration Record

In 2016, there were a record number of 171 exonerations in the United States, and 139 exonerations in 2017.


About Our Mission

There are approximately 120,000 wrongfully convicted people in prison today in the United States. The Deskovic Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted and reform of the system that allows these miscarriages of justice to take place. It was founded by Jeffrey Deskovic, an exoneree that was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 17 for the rape and murder of a 15 year old girl that he did not commit. Authorities knew his DNA did not match that of the actual perpetrator – who, three years later, went on to murder another young woman and mother of two – but colluded to convict Deskovic and keep him in prison for 16 years. After his exoneration and release, Deskovic successfully sued the authorities responsible and used a substantial portion of the compensation he was awarded to start The Deskovic Foundation. The Foundation has exonerated two people, and is currently fighting to exonerate nine others in addition to providing peripheral assistance in other cases. We hope you will join our fight to free the wrongfully imprisoned by donating to us.