The Case of Derrick Jordan

Against the Current, No. 219, July/August 2022

Derrick Jordan, imprisoned since he was a teenager.

“A CHILD IN Prison” is a video produced by the family of Derrick Jordan, serving a prison sentence of 86 years in Illinois for a 1993 murder in which he has always maintained his innocence.

The video recounts Jordan’s arrest at age 14, the abuse he received under questioning by a Chicago detective who was a close associate of the infamous police torture ringleader Jon Burge, his “identification” in a highly prejudicial police lineup, and grossly incompetent legal representation in his case when he was tried as an adult. Because he was sentenced as a teenager, he will have a re-sentencing hearing August 4.

For more information on a case that deserves close scrutiny, visit

July-August 2022, ATC 219

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