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Books and Movies featuring NEIP exonerees
Conviction is a 2010 film depicting New England Innocence Project exoneree Kenneth Waters’ 18 year struggle for freedom. Read Kenneth Waters’ story here.
After Innocence is a documentary following the lives of several exonerees after their release from prison. Read Dennis Maher’s story here.
Freeing Bernie Baran is a documentary chronicling the story of Bernard Baran who was wrongfully convicted of child molestation during the day care sex abuse hysteria of the late eighties and early nineties. Read Bernard Baran’s story here.
Picking Cotton is a memoir written jointly by rape survivor Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton, the man who was wrongfully imprisoned for the crime.
Killing Time is the story of John Thompson, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years, and the lawyers who fought to free him.
Exit to Freedom is Calvin C. Johnson Jr.’s story of 16 years behind bars for a crime that he did not commit. Written with DNA expert Greg Hampikian, Johnson Jr. was freed in 1999 with DNA evidence.
A Criminal Injustice tells the incredible high profile story of Marty Tankleff, a 17-year-old convicted of murdering his parents in 1988.
The Innocent Man is John Grisham’s first non-fiction work. In this book Grisham details the story of Ron Williamson, convicted of murder in a small town and sent to death row for a crime he did not commit.
Actual Innocence, written by the co-founders of the Innocence Project along with Jim Dwyer, examines the flaws in the American Criminal Justice system and provides suggestions as to how to improve them.
The Wrong Guys tells the incredible true story of four young sailors coerced by police into giving false confessions for a murder and rape in Norfolk, Virginia.
Surviving Justice profiles thirteen men and women who were wrongfully convicted and spent years of their lives behind bars for crimes they did not commit.
Convicting the Innocent was written in 2011 by University of Virginia Law Professor Brandon Garrett. Garrett examines the first 250 people exonerated through DNA evidence and traces the circumstances that allowed them to be wrongly convicted.
Three Felonies a Day is Harvey Silverglate’s account of how the evolution of federal criminal laws allows prosecutors to target innocent Americans for actions that seem far from criminal. His book traces how these laws have recently become more vague and all-encompassing and how they will impact American society over time.
False Justice written by the former Attorney General of Ohio calls into question common misconceptions about wrongful convictions such as “Only the guilty confess” and “An eyewitness is the best testimony.”
True Stories of False Confessions, written by various authors including John Grisham, contains 39 cases of wrongful convictions that involve false confessions elicited by police interrogation techniques.
Chasing Justice is the story of Kerry Max Cook, a 21-year-old in Texas convicted of a brutal 1977 murder. After spending over 20 years on death row, Cook was finally exonerated in the 1990s.
The Dreams of Ada by Robert Meyer is about a murder in rural Oklahoma in 1984. Robert Meyer believes that the two men currently serving life sentences for the crime provided conflicting false confessions to police, resulting in their convictions.
Journey Toward Justice presents the story of Dennis Fritz, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in Ada, Oklahoma. His co-defendant’s story was chronicled by John Grisham in “The Innocent Man”.
Movies & Documentaries
In the Name of the Father, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Emma Thompson, is a film depicting a 1970s IRA bombing in the U.K. and the police’s rush to find someone to blame.
The Trials of Darryl Hunt is a documentary that tells the story of a wrongfully convicted man in the South from the perspective of an investigative journalist, defense attorney and Darry Hunt himself.
Murder on a Sunday Morning is a documentary that chronicles the case of Brenton Butler, a 15-year-old who was charged in the shooting death of an elderly tourist in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Thin Blue Lie is based on real events in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the 1970s. Reporter Jonathan Neumann uncovers evidence of mayoral and police corruption, resulting in the beating of suspects to elicit confessions that led to convictions.
The Exonerated is adapted from a stage play and features six different stories of wrongly convicted individuals who spent portions of their time in prison on death row before eventually being exonerated.
Deadline presents the dilemma Illinois Governor George Ryan had to face when evidence pointed to the innocence of 13 people on death row. In his last days in office, Governor Ryan was faced with deciding the fate of all 167 people on death row.
The Confession is John Grisham’s fictional account of a college football player sentenced to death in the murder of a college cheerleader even though no body was ever recovered.
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