Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated

Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated


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On September 30, 2003, Calvin was declared innocent and set free from Angola State Prison, after serving 22 years for a crime he did not commit. Like many other exonerees, Calvin experienced a new world that was not open to him. Hitting the streets without housing, money, or a change of clothes, exonerees across America are released only to fend for themselves. In the tradition of Studs Terkel's oral histories, this book collects the voices and stories of the exonerees for whom life — inside and out — is forever framed by extraordinary injustice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786632241
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: Voice of Witness Series
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 494,971
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Blossoms' self-titled first effort sounds less like a debut and more like a greatest-hits album from a veteran group. Years in the making, Blossoms is indeed a compilation of sorts, culling eight of twelve songs from the Stockport band's multiple EPs, which were released as early as 2013. As such, there's a sense of disjointedness with the pacing and cohesion, feeling less like a singular vision and more like a singles collection. Nonetheless, the strength of the songwriting and Blossoms' keen knack for big hooks kindles excitement from start to finish. From the psych-sludge vibe of their earliest work through their shimmering synth evolution, Blossoms prove they can pull off everything from New Romantic sheen to trippy psychedelic groove, giving sly nods to a wide range of fellow countrymen like the Stone Roses, Kasabian, the Coral (whose own James Skelly is a producer here), Suede, and Arctic Monkeys. Frontman Tom Ogden's vocals connect the wide range of sounds, bridging a gap between {|Alex Turner|} and {|Richard Ashcroft|}, while the band -- Joe Donovan (drums), {|Charlie Salt|} (bass, vocals), {|Josh Dewhurst|} (guitar), and {|Myles Kellock|} (keyboards, vocals) -- zigzag from confident cool ("Charlemagne") to driving urgency ("At Most a Kiss"), and bucolic pleasantries ("Blown Rose") to nocturnal chill ("Smashed Pianos"). There's a lot going on here, which makes for a listen that seldom bores. "Getaway" rides an open-road {|Killers|} synth melody that merges with {|Keane|} along the way, while "Honey Sweet" carries those synths further into {|the 1975|} territory. For fans of their early EPs, that murky darkness creeps in on a handful of tracks like the sleazy Arctic Monkeys redux on "Cut Me and I'll Bleed" and their first single "Blow." Of the newer songs, "Texia" is a standout, echoing the bass bounce of {|New Order|} and {|Pet Shop Boys|} through a {|Groove Armada|} lens. Overall, Blossoms is a strong debut that distills the best of the quintet's diverse influences into a catchy amalgam that opts to shoot for the mainstream rather than stick to the same old sound. [{|Blossoms|} was also released in an Extended Edition featuring ten bonus tracks.] ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Introduction 3

My Life Is a Broken Puzzle Christopher Ochoa 15

My Mama Didn't Raise No Killers Juan Melendez 45

I Stepped Into a Dream Gary Gauger 75

I Am the Expert James Newsome 105

Thank God for DNA Calvin Willis 131

If a Five-Year-Old Did It, You Did It John Stoll 159

Now I Question Everything Beverly Monroe 181

Sheep Among Wolves Michael Evans Paul Terry 221

Flowers in Your Hair David Pope 247

I'm a Dead Man Walking Joseph Amrine 285

Family Man Peter Rose 321

Bad Things Happen to Good People Kevin Green 345

People Don't Know How Lucky They Are to Have Their Liberty Exoneree Roundtable 381

Appendix A Causes of Wrongful Conviction 401

Appendix B The Prison Experience 419

Appendix C Life After Exoneration 427

Appendix D Supplementary Material 435

Glossary 463

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rkepulis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable, but true. Innocent people spending years in jail before being exonerated. How many more are there whose innocence has yet to be recognized. And, yes, it can happen to anyone - including you and me.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you think you are well versed concerning the Criminal Justice System. If you think this only happens to 'THEM'. If you think you are protected by 'the truth'. And if you think that your children and grandchildren have nothing to worry about from the Criminal Justice System in the future, then you must read our first hand accounts of how our eyes were opend to the truth and what drives us to help make the changes which must be made to truely protect us all. This book is not about race, it is not about socio-economics, and it not about someone's lack of education creating a victim. This book is about the devastation caused when justice goes wrong and about identifying reforms we all must support which will make our system of justice truely the best on the planet. After reading this book you will know there is no such thing as 'them', and that this is a 'we thing'. Chapter 13 is just a part of my story. Please read it and the others and get involved for your sake and for the sake of my grandchildren.