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Episode 40

Jia Wertz: Conviction

S1: E40: Jia Wertz: Conviction


Independent documentary filmmaker Jia Wertz, Director of Conviction, her award-winning short film about the wrongful conviction of Jeffrey Deskovic, discusses her vision and experiences pursuing stories of social justice and exposing inconsistencies in the American Justice System.

Special Guest

Jia Wertz - Independent filmmaker and accomplished fashion designer with a stunning, award-winning documentary called Conviction.

Time Stamps


[02:55-Meet Jia]

[30:54 - Outro]

Key Takeaways

*Books change lives

*Use your powers for good

*The National Exoneration Registration is a thing - HOW?!

*Wrongful imprisonment affects everyone -> criminals are still out there free

*Odd, quiet kids do not automatically equal rapists and murderer

*Creating a documentary is wicked hard

*The Aha! moment is in the replay

*You can't make this stuff up!

*Not all superheroes where capes

*There are NO resources for the INNOCENT

*Government is slow on paperwork and stigmas never leave

*120K wrongfully convicted has a profound ripple effect

*Wrongful conviction can happen to anyone

*Education & awareness is essential

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Reference Links

The Wrong Mans (TV series)

IMDB profile

Jia’s website

The 16th Round (book)

The Hurricane (movie)

Conviction (short film)

The Innocence Project

Jia’s Instagram

About the Podcast

Talking out the madness in my head-it escalates quickly.

About your host

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Kelly Mitchell

Published Author | Book Reviewer | Podcaster | Blogger
Serial Entrepreneur | Casual Gamer | Rebel with a Cause

I am the product of a disco bunny mom and a rocker biker dad from a small town in Nebraska and a survivor of extreme culture shock after moving to Las Vegas. Things are open past 10 pm and they sell beer on Sundays - it was emotional. The duality of disco/rock and country/city lifestyles gives me a unique perspective of the world--and a broad sense of humor about what I see in it.

I earned an Associate in Paralegal Studies and Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with emphasis on serial killers and sexual predators (a catch ‘em or be one ultimatum)--but never entered either field (educational carnage). Instead, my entrepreneurial spirit seized the opportunity of starting a collection business specializing in HOA Collections. For those that don't know, HOAs (homeowner's associations) is infested with daily drama, corruption, and controversy--I loved it. This, my friends should have been a reality show.

The experience exposed me to people from all walks of life and fed my dark sense of humor and curious nature. I excelled in communication and storytelling that entertained the diverse population. I flipped the script to become a full-time author. My experience guides me to write satirical nonfiction invoking thoughtful debate and laughter.

Writing is a slow bit of business when you have opinions on current events--and I’m full of opinions as a strong-willed woman. I turned to podcasting as the ideal medium to entertain others and get the loud madness out of my head and into the world. If you do what you love, it's not a job, it's a dream-and here I am killing it.

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