News 01.06.10

Host a Book Club on Wrongful Convictions

“Picking Cotton” was released this week in paperback, and reading groups around the country are getting together this month to discuss issues surrounding eyewitness misidentification and wrongful convictions.

The book, by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, with Erin Torneo, tells the story of Cotton’s wrongful conviction in 1985 for allegedly breaking into Thompson-Cannino’s home and raping her. After serving a decade in prison, DNA testing proved that another man committed the crime, and Cotton was freed. Today, the two are close friends and travel the country speaking to audiences about the importance of criminal justice reforms to prevent wrongful convictions.

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download the reading group guide here


There are several other books from the last decade on wrongful convictions, DNA exonerations and criminal justice issue that would also be perfect for book clubs.

Check out our list of the top ten books of the last decade


Don’t have a book club and interested in starting one?

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