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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.
that book was the best book I have read all year. it is so well done. I found it inspiring despite the dark subject. when I finished the book I was filled with faith and hope.Published 15 hours ago by Catharine Ayer Curtis
I liked her humility when she discovered the consequense of her having "picked" Cotton. Cotton was almost too good to be true.Published 6 days ago by Gerd Noyes
I have seen shows on this cases before. This book is great. The way this book is written, the story flows, it goes back and forth between the victim and the falsely accused. Read morePublished 14 days ago by David Crosson
Wonderful read, made me happy, sad,and mad at the same time. I still feel like this could happen today to anyone.Published 18 days ago by Rsj
I read this initially for a college class. But I could not put it down. The overall theme of forgiveness touches deeply. Read morePublished 20 days ago by A reader
This book brought to surface two different intimate sides of a horrible crime and the rash efforts designed to convict individuals by ejecting some form of closure. Read morePublished 24 days ago by ToniScott
There are better written books out there but few show the power of forgiveness and the destructive power of witness identification convictions. Read morePublished 26 days ago by R. S. Johnson
I absolutely loved this book! It was very well written and immediately drew me in as a reader. The story is remarkable and the friendship that comes from such devastation in BOTH... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Angela Wooten
This is a wonderful true story that shows the real meaning of foregiveness. I would highly recommend it to anyone.Published 1 month ago by Judy S.