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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.
I thoroughly enjoyed the parts when I heard Ronald Cotton's story. When I heard Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, I was bored with her self-centered arrogance. It was a big ME fest. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Kenneth W. Wonderley
A very sad story with a beautiful outcome. I definitely recommend this book but fair warning you might finish it within two days because you can't let the book down.Published 8 days ago by Omar Lara
This book is a sad reality of human fallibility and how it can change the lives of so many. A story of forgiveness and the strength found when you trust God even when you may doubt... Read morePublished 15 days ago by lea
Wow....this story opened my eyes to a new level of forgiveness...Jennifer and Ronald are an inspiration! Read morePublished 21 days ago by Lisa Tomarelli
I was required to read this book for my English class. It was difficult at firs because of the nature of the events, but gives the perspective of both the victim and the man... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Caryn Jones
Too many wrongful convictions based on eyewitness testimony. Jennifer and Ron have a happy ending but many more do not.Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Stevenson
I am listening to the audio book at present. There are 2 voices narrating, one female and one male. The male (with southern and black accents) is mechanically and needlessly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Avinash K.
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Gerd Noyes