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Jennifer Thompson-Cannino

Jennifer Thompson

Ronald Cotton

Ronald Cotton

Erin Torneo

Erin Torneo

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Jennifer Thompson is the Founder and President of Healing Justice, which aims to address the personal toll of wrongful convictions on all involved. Jennifer founded Healing Justice based on her experience with a failed criminal justice process that sent an innocent person to prison and left the true perpetrator free to commit additional crimes. Healing Justice facilitates restorative justice and reconciliation in cases involving exonerations; organizes volunteer service providers to provide direct support and assistance in the aftermath of exonerations; and creates opportunities to unify the diverse voices of those affected by wrongful convictions. Click here for more biographical information.

Ronald Cotton lives with his wife and daughter in North Carolina. He has spoken at various universities including Washington and Lee University, Universitiy of Connecticut, Georgetown Law School, UNC Law School, and the Community March for Justice for Troy Anthony Davis in Savannah, GA. With Jennifer, he speaks to various audiences about eyewitness identification, racial justice, and forgiveness.

Erin Torneo lives with her husband and twin sons in California. She was a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Nonfiction Fellow. In 2010, she received the American Society of Journalists and Authors' Arlene Eisenberg Writing Award for her work on Picking Cotton.

Ronald, Jennifer, and Erin received the 2008 Soros Justice Media Fellowship for this book.

Photos by Scott Witter.