Read a Book ~ Right a Wrong
The Wrong: Too Many Wrongful Convictions
Too many people are doing time for crimes they did not commit.
Wrongful convictions are all too real in our justice system. As I write, almost 2,500 men and women have been exonerated, totaling more than 21,000 years lost. Conservative estimates are that only 1-2% of all convictions are of innocent people. That’s an impressive success rate, and it can be comforting to think that our criminal justice system incarcerates the correct person 98-99% of the time. However, this is not good news if you are among the 1-2%. Think about what that means in actual numbers. There are approximately 2.5 million people incarcerated in the US. Conservatively, then, there are thousands of innocent people doing time for crimes they did not commit.
Let’s do something about it!
The Book: They Can't Take Your Name
They Can't Take Your Name is a crime novel--inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes--about a brokenhearted man who attempts to help a desperate daughter find freedom for her wrongfully convicted father. Along the way, Eli Stone, tries desperately not to fall in love, ever again.
They Can't Take Your Name is the first in a series where we follow Eli Stone and Liza Brown as they fight the greatest injustice in our justice system—wrongful convictions.
If you like Ellison, Baldwin, Mosley, and Attica Locke, then you’ll love They Can't Take Your Name.
The Right: The Kori Wise Innocence Project
The Kori Wise Innocence Project at CU Law School focuses on exonerating wrongfully convicted people.
The average cost to free an innocent person is enormous, and I hope that proceeds from this series of books will raise enough money that we will be able to say that together we had a part in somebody’s freedom.
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