Jarrett Adams, at age 17 was sentenced to 28 years in prison for an alleged rape he didn’t commit.

He went to law school after being exonerated from prison, and is now beginning law practice in New York City.

Sprung from prison through efforts by the the Wisconsin Innocence Project, Adams entered Loyola University Law School and graduated last year. His wife took a job in New York City, and Adams got a job there as a post-conviction litigation fellow with the Innocence Project there.

“I put my mind to it. I put my work behind it. I put God first, and now look at me,” Adams said

Adams said last year in a feature that he had become such an effective jailhouse lawyer helping other inmates in prison. He was deemed a security threat. They moved him from a maximum security prison in Wisconsin to a supermax facility, where privileges were more limited.

On Monday, he looked back with understandable pride on his swearing-in as an attorney in the Empire State.

“It should be a lesson to all those who have obstacles to overcome.”

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