Here's my conversation with Alison Flowers, author of "Exoneree Diaries: The Fight For Innocence, Independence, and Identity." In the book she tells the story of four people who were released from prison (after as long as 20 years) and had to deal with re-entering society. Among the questions I asked Alison:
- Is there a thread connecting the exonerees?
- What did you learn about the unreliability of eyewitness testimony?
- How do these people put their lives back together, get a job, and deal with technology that didn't exist when they were sent away?
- How did Kristine Bunch, who got pregnant while awaiting trial for arson-murder she didn’t commit, bond with her son, who was a teenager by the time she got out?
- How many wrongfully convicted people get released each year?
- How much is money a factor?
- Do exonerees have any legal recourse against the prosecutors and police who put them away?
- Did they get anything from the state?