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Exonerated: A History of the Innocence Movement
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Robert J. Norris
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Exonerated: A History of the Innocence Movement

Robert J. Norris


9781479821990

New York University Press


Biography;
Penology & punishment;
Criminal procedure: law of evidence;
Crime Chronicle - True Crime


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304 pages

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The fascinating story behind the innocence movement's quest for justice.

Documentaries like Making a Murderer, the first season of Serial, and the cause celebre that was the West Memphis Three captured the attention of millions and focused the national discussion on wrongful convictions. This interest is warranted: more than 1,800 people have been set free in recent decades after being convicted of crimes they did not commit.

In response to these exonerations, federal and state governments have passed laws to prevent such injustices; lawyers and police have changed their practices; and advocacy organizations have multiplied across the country. Together, these activities are often referred to as the innocence movement. Exonerated provides the first in-depth look at the history of this movement through interviews with key leaders such as Barry Scheck and Rob Warden as well as archival and field research into the major cases that brought awareness to wrongful convictions in the United States.

Robert Norris also examines how and why the innocence movement took hold. He argues that while the innocence movement did not begin as an organized campaign, scientific, legal, and cultural developments led to a widespread understanding that new technology and renewed investigative diligence could both catch the guilty and free the innocent.

Exonerated reveals the rich background story to this complex movement.

By:   Robert J. Norris
Imprint:   New York University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781479821990
ISBN 10:   1479821993
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert J. Norris is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at George Mason University.


This work is readily accessible to most adult audiences, and is especially recommended for all college, university, and seminary libraries. -Catholic Library World Exonerated is the first serious, thoroughhistory of the modern innocence movement. A major, innovative contribution tothe scholarship on wrongful convictions and a true delight to read. -Daniel S. Medwed,author, Prosecution Complex: America's Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent Carefully researchedand elegantly written, this book calls attention to the importance of wrongfulconvictions for the death penalty and beyond. It shows how the criminal justicesystem is at the heart of efforts to achieve social justice. This is animportant book. -Sister Helen Prejean,author, Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents Exonerated is the definitive account ofhow the innocence movement transformed public views about the everydayfallibility of the American criminal justice system in the late 20thcentury, and why preventing the wrongful convictions of the factually innocentremains more important than ever in the 21st century. -Richard A. Leo,author, The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions and the Norfolk Four [An] informative overview of the development of the innocence movement...A useful contribution to an important national conversation about crime and punishment. -Kirkus Reviews Robert J. Norris' book, Exonerated, is the first complete and exhaustive treatment of the [innocence] movement itself. The book offers a deep dive. The fact that it is nonetheless eminently readable speaks to Norris's ability to merge impressive scholarship and research with fascinating stories, interesting interviews and anecdotal information. The result is an impressive history layered over with entertaining color. -Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Book Reviews Exonerated is the first complete and authentic history of the innocence movement. Robert J. Norris shows us how it came into being and how it evolved over the decades. He also shines light on the issues involved and the challenges the movement faces. With his unmatched academic credential, Norris has written a book that will benefit both students and experts of innocence movement. -The Washington Book Review A timely and important new contribution to theliterature, Exonerated is both anaccessible history of the recent history of wrongful convictions, and a muchneeded analysis of the innocence movement as a social movement. -Simon A. Cole,author, Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification

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