A Conversation With Issac Wright Jr. About His Real Life Story That Inspired ABC’s For Life [Exclusive Interview]

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A Conversation with Issac Wright Jr.

There are many examples of people that have suffered through injustices and have been able to persevere despite adversity. Most of the time we don’t get to hear their stories. When we do then they are a source of inspiration that gives us hope with whatever it is we are each dealing with.

This is the case with the story of Issac Wright Jr.’s life. Currently, he is an American lawyer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. But he had quite the road to success. In 1991 Wright was wrongfully accused and convicted of being a drug kingpin and mastermind behind one of the largest drug operations in New York. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Issac Wright Jr.

For the next seven years, Wright went on a very difficult journey representing himself at trial and on appeal. All in the hope of escaping the idea of spending his life in prison. During this time he also helped others be released and obtain reduced sentences. Finally in 1996, during an evidentiary hearing, Wright’s cross-examination of a veteran detective leads to a confession that revealed the false accusation. At the end of that year, he was released from prison.


Does that sound like a familiar story? It should as it is the inspiration behind the ABC series, For Life. Wright serves as a producer. The series is currently in the middle of its second season and it airs on Wednesday night. His story is told through a character named Aaron Wallace, played by Nicholas Pinnock.

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In promotion for the second season of For Life, LRM Online had the privilege to take a few minutes and talk with Issac Wright Jr. about his life experience. As well as the experience of having to re-live some of those moments from his past and how he helped Pinnock with the role. Be sure to check it out below!

ABC’s For Life airs on Wednesday nights on their network at 10/9c.

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