Ronald Cotton spent 11 years in North Carolina prison for a rape he didn’t commit before DNA testing proved his innocence. Jennifer Thompson-Cannino spent the same 11 years believing that Cotton was the man who raped her. She was shocked the day he was exonerated, but has since learned that she and Cotton aren’t alone in the injustice they suffered. Wrongful convictions are too common in the United States and today Cotton and Thompson-Cannino work together to raise awareness of wrongful convictions and reforms to prevent injustice.
Their compelling new book, “Picking Cotton,” tells the story of their case and the reforms that could have prevented Cotton’s wrongful conviction. Their story was also featured recently on CBS News’ “
Jennifer and Ron are signing 50 copies of “Picking Cotton” and we will randomly select 50 donors from all of those who give by midnight tonight to receive a free copy.