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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 grew up in Burlington NC so I know the places of the events that transpired...but I didn't need them. Read morePublished 13 days ago by B Turner
This book was a great read. I will recommend this book to others, and all schools should incorporate this book in their classroom reading.Published 1 month ago by Sharnice Nelson
Great story of forgiveness and friendship. Could not put it down. One of the Best books that I have read in a very long time.Published 1 month ago by kelly
This is great book because it is the first book for me to tell the story for the both side of crime victim and innocent people. So, I decided to translate into Japanese. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MAKOTO IBUSUKI
It got to me on time and its a good read for everyone. it helps us understand that people pass through worse situation than we may be passing throughPublished 1 month ago by Chika Obi
Found myself thoroughly involved in their story. Sometimes it was exceptionally difficult to read and caused several sleepiness nights. Ronald Cotton is an amazing individual. Read morePublished 2 months ago by linda mullaney
My college is reading this book in several classroom arenas. It points out how easily a miscarraige of justice could happen prior to current forensic technologies; however the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lori Johnson
This gives great insight into the freedom that forgiveness grants us. Surprisingly, Ronald was more of a victim than Jennifer.Published 2 months ago by Jo
This book is a MUST READ! I hate reading but this book makes you feel like your apart of their story ! Highly recommendedPublished 2 months ago by Sierra Jones