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Actual Innocence : Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted

Actual Innocence : Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0385493413

Cover of Actual Innocence : Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted 00 (ISBN 978-0385493413)
ISBN13: 978-0385493413
ISBN10: 038549341X
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Doubleday & Co., Inc.
Published: 2000
International: No

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Actual Innocence : Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0385493413

Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld and Jim Dwyer

ISBN13: 978-0385493413
ISBN10: 038549341X
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Doubleday & Co., Inc.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Extraordinarily powerful stories of ordinary people locked up for crimes they did not commit, and how they were freed against great odds.

A nightmare from a thousand B-movies: a horrible crime is committed in your neighborhood, and the police knock at your door. A witness swears you are the perpetrator; you have no alibi, and no one believes your protestations of innocence. You're convicted, sentenced to hard time in maximum security, or even death row, where you await the executioner's needle.

Tragically, this is no movie script but reality for hundreds of American citizens. Our criminal justice system is broken, and people from all walks of life have been destroyed by its failures. But science and a group of incredibly dedicated crusaders are working to repair the damage.

In the last ten years, DNA testing has uncovered stone-cold proof that sixty-five completely innocent people have been sent to prison and death row. But even in cases where there is physical evidence, the criminal justice system frees prisoners only after a torturous legal process. Incredibly, according to many trial judges, ''actual innocence'' is not grounds for release from prison.

At the Innocence Project, Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld have helped to free thirty-seven wrongly convicted people, and have taken up the cause of hundreds more. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jim Dwyer has been covering innocence cases for a decade. In Actual Innocence, Scheck, Neufeld, and Dwyer relate the harrowing stories of ten innocent men--convicted by sloppy police work, corrupt prosecutors, jailhouse snitches, mistaken eyewitnesses, and other all-too-common flaws of the trial system--and tell of the heroic efforts to free them.

Intense, startling, and utterly compelling, Actual Innocence is a passionate and fascinating journey through the looking glass of the American criminal justice system.

Author Bio

Scheck, Barry :

Barry Scheck is among the United States' leading experts on innocence issues. Scheck and Neufeld founded and direct the Innocence Project, which seeks postconviction release through DNA testing. Perhaps the most prominent civil rights attorneys in the country, both are in private practice in New York City.

Neufeld, Peter :

Peter Neufeld is among the United States' leading experts on innocence issues. Scheck and Neufeld founded and direct the Innocence Project, which seeks postconviction release through DNA testing. Perhaps the most prominent civil rights attorneys in the country, both are in private practice in New York City.

Dwyer, Jim :

Jim Dwyer is among the United States' leading experts on innocence issues. Scheck and Neufeld founded and direct the Innocence Project, which seeks postconviction release through DNA testing. Perhaps the most prominent civil rights attorneys in the country, both are in private practice in New York City. Dwyer, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Daily News, began inquiring into wrongful convictions in 1992. He is also the author of Subway Lives: 24 Hours in the Life of the New York City Subway, and co-author of Two Seconds Under the World, an account of the World Trade Center bombing.