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Reading List: Books on the Subject of Wrongful Conviction

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Posted: April 21, 2007   12:00 AM

A selection of books on wrongful conviction cases and related issues:

Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace, by Michael Morton (2014)

Convicting the Innocent, Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong, by Brandon Garrett (2011)

The Central Park Five, by Sarah Burns (2011)

Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held Onto Hope, by Peyton Budd and Dorothy Budd (2010)

Adams vs. Texas: The True Story Made Famous by the Highly Acclaimed Film The Thin Blue Line, by Randall Adams, with William Hoffer and Marilyn Mona Hoffer (1991)

Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town, by Nate Blakeslee (2005)

Convicting the Innocent: The Story of a Murder, a False Confession, and the Struggle to Free a ‘Wrong Man’, by Donald S. Connery (1996)

Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption, by Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, with Erin Torneo (2009)

Executed on a Technicality: Lethal Injustice on America’s Death Row, by David Dow (2005)

An Expendable Man: The Near-Execution of Earl Washington Jr., by Margaret Edds (2003)

Journey Toward Justice, by Dennis Fritz (2006)

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, by John Grisham (2006)


Killing Time: An 18-Year Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom, by John Hollway (2010)

Exit to Freedom, by Calvin Johnson (2003)

Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA, by Tim Junkin (2004)

Cry Rape: The True Story of One Woman’s Harrowing Quest for Justice, by Bill Lueders (2006)

The Dreams of Ada, by Robert Mayer (1987)

False Justice: 8 Myths That Lead to Wrongful Convictions, by Nancy and Jim Petro (2011)

A Promise of Justice: The Eighteen-Year Fight to Save Four Innocent Men, by David Protess and Rob Warden (1998)

Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong and How to Make it Right, by Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld and Jim Dwyer (2000)

The Innocents, by Taryn Simon (2003)

Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer’s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty, by Scott Turow (2003)

Surviving Justice: America’s Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated, Lola Vollen and Dave Eggers (2005)

Full Circle: A True Story of Murder, Lies and Vindication by Gloria Killian and Sandra Kobrin (2012)

In Doubt: The Psychology of the Criminal Justice Process by Dan Simon (2012)

Drawn to Injustice: The Wrongful Conviction of Timothy Masters by Timothy Masters and Steve Lehto (2012)

Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction by Courtney B. Lance (2015)

Carolyn Johnson says:
Jun 28, 2015 06:26 PM

I didn't reconize any of the women as the last woman on the screen but none of the above was not a choice. I am surprised eyewitness testimony is allowed in court it is so unreliable but juries believe they are accurate.

Sara Jones says:
Jan 12, 2016 06:45 PM

Please add to your reading list: A Monster Chase by Marin Stahl (2013, 2014)

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