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Author Flowers, Alison, author.

Title Exoneree diaries : the fight for innocence, independence, and identity / Alison Flowers.

Publication Info. Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2016.
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 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  364.3 FLO    AVAILABLE
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Description xvi, 270 pages : illustrations, photographs ; 22 cm
Summary "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 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 exonerees powerful story, Flowers vividly shows that release from prison, though sometimes joyous and hopeful, is not a Hollywood endingor an ending at all. Rather, an exonerees first unshackled steps are the beginning of a new journey full of turmoil and triumph. Based on Chicago Public Medias yearlong multimedia seriesa finalist for a national Online Journalism Awardthis narrative piece of investigative journalism tells profoundly human stories of reclaiming ones life, overcoming adversity, and searching for purposeat times with devastating consequences and courageous breakthroughs"
Subject Judicial error -- Illinois.
False imprisonment -- Illinois.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Illinois.
Prisoners -- Illinois -- Biography.
Prisoners -- Deinstitutionalization -- United States.
Ex-convicts -- United States -- Social conditions.
ISBN 9781608465873 (hardcover)
160846587X (hardcover)
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