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“What happened in this book will change what you think of the criminal justice system in this country, and challenge you to help fix it. Each of them tells an extraordinary story about crime, punishment and exoneration, but it’s their shared spiritual journey toward reconciliation and forgiveness that is even more compelling and profound.” --Barry C. Scheck, Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Innocence Project®
“Few people have done more to put a human face on issues involving wrongful convictions than Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton. Yet through their shared pain, they have been able to forge a friendship that most of us search our lives for.”--Janet Reno, Former U.S. Attorney General
JENNIFER THOMPSON-CANNINO lives in North Carolina with her family. She speaks frequently about the need for judicial reform, and is a member of the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission, the advisory committee for Active Voices, and the Constitution Project. Her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, the Durham-Herald Sun, and the Tallahassee Democrat.
RONALD COTTON lives with his wife and daughter in North Carolina. He has spoken at various schools and conferences including Washington and Lee University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Georgetown Law School, and the Community March for Justice for Troy Anthony Davis in Savannah, GA.
ERIN TORNEO is a Los Angeles-based writer. She was a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Nonfiction Fellow.
The authors received the 2008 Soros Justice Media Fellowship for PICKING COTTON.
One of the best books of this sadly too vast genre. While it's an important book with direct application to our criminal justice system, it's also a moving account of human nature,... Read morePublished 16 days ago by David Angel
I met Ronald not too long ago in a store parking lot where he was helping a friend. A more charming and eloquent and intelligent person than you commonly expect to find, as he was... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Alona
I had to this book as part of my Leadership class. It is a powerful message of hope and redemption, as well as the strength of the human spirit.Published 1 month ago by Jujubes
A must read! This book was required for one of my graduate courses and I thoroughly enjoyed it. At times I laughed and other times I cried. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shayna