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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882823760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882823768
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,770,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gloria Killian was a third year student at McGeorge Law School when she was convicted of murder. In prison she became a jailhouse lawyer, creating with the University of Southern California the first Law Project in a California women's prison. Since her release, Killian has become a worldwide prison activist. She has appeared before the United States Congress. She has lectured at USC Law School, Loyola Law School, Southwestern Law School, Vanguard University and Arizona State University. She is Executive Director of The Action Committee Women in Prison (ACWIP)and hosts a weekly internet radio show on www.blogtalkradio.can/4justicenow.

Sandra Kobrin is a journalist, columnist, screenwriter and television producer who began her career at The New York Times. Her investigative stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times as well as Newsday, ESPN, Women's Day and more. She writes a nationally syndicated column for www.womensnews.org and served as Managing Interactive Editor for Los Angeles Daily News and seven other newspapers. She teaches at UCLA. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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Before I knew it, it was past midnight and I had finished the book.
Jeanne Pieper
Even those who aren't always drawn to the true crime genre will savor this read.
Amy Friedman
READ Full Circle and tell everyone that it can happen to them also.
Beth Martin Brown

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on April 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for a good read, Full Circle will give you that and more. I found this book riveting and insightful. I was both shocked and appalled at how justice is not as fair as we like to think and how an innocent woman can be forced to give up so much of her life because of this injustice.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amy Friedman on April 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Killian and Kobrin have created a book impossible to put down. Anyone interested in tales of justice will want to read Full Circle. The story of Killian's 17 years behind bars for a crime she didn't commit will break your heart and raise your hackles. Even those who aren't always drawn to the true crime genre will savor this read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zieva Konvisser on April 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't put it down. It read like a Grisham novel, but unfortunately it is a true story and even more unfortunately it happened to Gloria. But, as Gloria wrote, perhaps she was meant to be there to help the women in prison and make all of those positive changes happen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grace Steward on August 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An invitation to a booksigning of Full Circle today (by our local pastor) was a wonderful opportunity to meet Gloria and others concerned about mistakes made much too often in our criminal justice system by individuals seeking self-promotion rather than the truth.

I had already read the book (and purchased copies for several friends) -- but listening to Gloria's reading brought back my initial reactions that "this could not possibly be happening...her innocence and the lack of evidence was overwhelming" and the cold chills of realization that,in truth,it does happen all too often.

We like to believe that all police, prosecutors and judges are "honest people," that "prosecutorial misconduct" and "suppression of evidence" does not exist, and that juries cannot be swayed by the Law and Order theatricals so popular on TV, and will ultimately recognize innocence. But the reality is that there are many more "Glorias" (and "Kevins") in prison who, if there were justice, would be freed.

I recommend this book not only as a "good read," but for Book Clubs, Church/Community Groups interested in social justice and for those who study, teach or work in the criminal justice system.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Uncle J on April 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Wow. I like this genre, and this time the writing lives up to the incredible, real-life story. This book grabbed me from the get-go, put me right there alongside everyone involved and held me throughout. Incredible stuff. Sandra Kobrin does a wonderful job of telling this timely, cautionary tale and good for Gloria Killian for continuing to advocate for others in similarly unfair circumstances now that she's free, just as she did in prison. This riveting book is a powerful reminder of just how wrong our justice system can go when those without means are targeted by prosecutors willing to bend and/or break the law.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Dotson on June 28, 2012
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It was a well written, incredible story of a wrongful conviction and it made me sick to know that this can happen to anyone. It made me cry, it made me smile, I especially liked the ending. Gloria is making a Happily Ever After as much as one can after going thru what she did. People need to put themselves in her place, because You could be writing the next story of Wrongful Conviction. Buy this book you won't be sorry! Give it to daughters and friends, as a way of warning or preparing them should they ever be falsely accused..........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Ewing on October 19, 2012
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Interesting story about a woman who was wrongly accused and then convicted of a crime she had no knowledge of. This is a good case for detectives to study so they don't end up railroading an inoocent person. I am sorry that Gloria had to spend so many years in prison before she was released, but her attitiude and willingness to help other women is to be admired. It's a shame that it took a benefactor to invest an enormous amount of money to secure her release. This book makes you wonder how many other women are sitting in prison under similar circumstances and will not be afforded the same opportunity simply because their families don't have the money to mount a defense.
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