Summer reading suggestion: Exoneree Diaries The Fight for Innocence, Independence and Identity

Through intimate portraits of four exonerated prisoners, investigative journalist Alison Flowers explores what happens to innocent people when the state flings open the jailhouse door and tosses them back, empty-handed, into the unknown.

Laura Caldwell, director of Life After Innocence at Loyola University of Chicago Law School welcomed Alison Flowers and the exonerees featured for a discussion, book signing and reception to celebrate the release of the book last Thursday.

From the front lines of the wrongful conviction capital of the United States—Cook County, Illinois—Flowers recounts profoundly human stories of reclaiming life, overcoming adversity, and searching for purpose after exoneration.

As she tells each exoneree’s powerful story, Flowers vividly shows that release from prison, though sometimes joyous and hopeful, is not a Hollywood ending—or an ending at all. Rather, an exoneree’s first unshackled steps are the beginning of a new journey full of turmoil and uncertainty. Flowers also sheds new light on the collateral damage of wrongful convictions on families and communities, challenging deeper problems of mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.

Be sure to pick up Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence and Identity

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