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Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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“Filled with the triumphs and tragedies of the wrongfully convicted, Anatomy of Innocence is an important book. Every story barrels at us and should both challenge and scare us. They are haunting, harrowing and hopeful.”
- Michael Connelly, best-selling author of the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller series
“A unique collection of 15 wrongful conviction sagas bound to shake faith in the American criminal justice system…A searing, unforgettable anthology, with valuable insights provided at the end of each chapter by the editors.”
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Laura Caldwell is the award-winning founder/director of Life After Innocence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the author of fourteen novels, including the Izzy McNeil series, as well as Long Way Home. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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ANATOMY OF INNOCENCE highlights a few of their successful cases. A mother convicted of a 'shaken baby syndrome' death based on underdeveloped scientific evidence (the same doctor that played a role in her conviction helped to reverse it); a seventeen year old convicted of rape and murder, even though another person's DNA was present on the body; people convicted based on confessions signed only after abuse and false promises of release; a prosecutor who had exculpatory evidence that was discovered only after his sudden and unexpected death. All of the cases were compelling examples of what can go wrong in the American Justice System, most of them preventable if those charged with the administration of justice followed the rules, laws, Constitutional rights, and ethics that supposed to be sacrosanct to our system of justice.
Many of the cases highlighted did more than tell the stories of the tragedies that led to the false convictions and incarcerations. They shared the awful experiences of the prison systems, the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans imprisoned in inadequate, antiquated, violent, and cruel prisons across the country that have absolutely no rehabilitative purpose, mistaking punishment for justice and, in the long run, likely cause more harm to society than good. In this regard, a few of the cases highlighted were more about the awful system than about the wrongful conviction and the hard work that led to its reversal; while compelling and worthy of a book or two on its own, I thought it deviated from the purpose of this book.
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Laura Caldwell is the founder and director of ‘Life After Innocence’ at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Leslie S.Read more