Chicagoan Jarrett Adams was wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for nearly 10 years. (Courtesy Penguin Random House)

At 17 years old, Jarrett Adams, a Black boy from Chicago, was convicted of raping a woman in Wisconsin. Adams spent 10 years of his life in prison for a rape he maintained he did not commit. He spent those years studying the legal system to overturn his own case —eventually, becoming a lawyer himself.

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Jarrett Adams is a criminal defense lawyer who has dedicated his career to bringing justice to those who are underserved. But his first experience with the law came with trying to prove his own innocence.