Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity

Exoneree Diaries The Fight for Innocence Independence and Identity Through intimate portraits of four exonerated prisoners journalist Alison Flowers explores what happens to innocent people when the state flings open the jailhouse door and tosses them back empty ha

  • Title: Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity
  • Author: Alison Flowers
  • ISBN: 9781608465873
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Through intimate portraits of four exonerated prisoners, 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 From the front lines of the wrongful conviction capital of the United States Cook County, Ill these stories reveal serious gaps in the criminal justiceThrough intimate portraits of four exonerated prisoners, 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 From the front lines of the wrongful conviction capital of the United States Cook County, Ill these stories reveal serious gaps in the criminal justice system Flowers depicts the collateral damage of wrongful convictions on families and communities, challenging the deeper problem of mass incarceration in the United States 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 triumph.Based on Chicago Public Media s yearlong multimedia series a finalist for a national Online Journalism Award this narrative piece of investigative journalism tells profoundly human stories of reclaiming one s life, overcoming adversity, and searching for purpose at times with devastating consequences and courageous breakthroughs.

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    1. This is an amazing volume that is four books for the price of one, with each exoneree's story distinct yet interconnected as part of an unprecedented look at the experiences of the wrongfully convicted after they are released from prison. It's a deeply human achievement, impressive for its reporting (continually a stunning combination of legwork and hard-earned coherence), storytelling power and urgent relevance. At a time when shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Making a Murderer" have ca [...]

    2. This was an amazing book, giving a much needed voice to those who have been wronged by the justice system. As one who pins on a badge daily, the accounts presented both broke my heart and angered me as their struggles were revealed in many instances to be the results of the corruption within the police force. I highly recommend this book!

    3. Having just finished HBO's "The Night Of," I saw this as the show's non-fiction companion. But more that that, it blends thoughtful journalism with compelling narrative, creating four stories that draw you in for different reasons and leave you wanting more (in a good way!).

    4. Today in Chicago, 15 more men were exonerated because of the work of the Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago Law School. Unfortunately, many of them had already served their sentences before enough investigation was completed to prove their innocence. Police and prosecutor misconduct has resulted in hundreds and hundreds of people serving sentences although they were innocent of the charges. This book focuses on just a few who were ultimately released. The subjects of this book stru [...]

    5. I found it hard to get into this book because the writing was not engaging. Therefore, I didn’t feel much sympathy for the four subjects of the book, the exonerees who were wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. I could appreciate that they were from Chicago, and one gentleman was convicted due to the city’s notoriously corrupt system. But each individual’s story was too long in its presentation and the way their lives were portrayed was mundane. This happened to them, then [...]

    6. This book tells the stories of four people who were convicted of crimes based bad evidence; a falsified arson report (it wasn't arson), a pressured preteen witness, an instance of a police brutality inspired confession, and a testimony based on somebody else's needing a plea bargain (and holding a grudge).The stories are well told and may make you think about our justice system differently. It is a tribute to Jane Raley, a lawyer who worked to exonerate three of the four people whose stories are [...]

    7. Exoneree Diaries offers a peak into the lives of four people who have spent years in prison for a crime they didn't commit. The author does an incredible job of transporting you into their day-to-day struggles before, during, and after reclaiming their innocence. It's an incredibly compelling read on an extraordinarily heavy subject. I highly recommend it if you enjoy reading about social justice, true crime, criminology, courtroom drama, or biographical non-fiction.

    8. Four stories comprise this book; four stories of individuals who were wrongfully convicted of crimes that imprisoned them until they were eventually exonerated. A worthwhile and very human read for anyone who is interested in the criminal justice system, the journeys of the exonerees after their final days in court are compelling and bittersweet.

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