Exit to Freedom

Exit to Freedom

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ISBN-13: 9780820327846
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 09/12/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 814,419
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

CALVIN C. JOHNSON JR. lives and works in the Atlanta area. He is on the board of the Georgia Innocence Project.

GREG HAMPIKIAN, an associate professor of biology, works in the forensic science program at Boise State University.

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Exit to Freedom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Calvin Johnson is one of the most inspiring writers you will ever read about. A story that should appeal to readers interested in judicial reform, in our prisons, and in the conversion of hearts. Most of all, it should appeal to anyone who enjoys a strong and dramatic tale of struggle and triumph. In his book Exit to Freedom, Calvin not only describes his childhood and the well behaved family he came from, but also exposes you to the dark side of Americas system of criminal justice. Taken away from his life by racism and indifference to truth, Calvin spent almost seventeen years in prison for crimes he did not commit. In college, he got busted for buying marijuana from an undercover cop. In his one real act of stupidity, he attempted to burgle an apartment for money to pay a pricey lawyer to get him off the drug charge. Awaiting trial, he was accused of having committed an earlier sexual assault; though the charges were dropped, the paperwork never got cleared up, and the false charge kept coming back to haunt him. Released on parole, he is immediately picked up for another rape, and though there's obvious evidence he didn't commit the crime-and none to prove he did-he gets convicted: "I am about to serve a life sentence, plus thirty years, for a rape I did not commit, and it is considered a repeat offense, because of another rape I did not commit." Having known that Calvin was arrested in 1983, shows the struggle that African Americans had to put up with. If a situation happened like this today, it would not only be African Americans accused of the rape but Americans as well. If you like a book that keeps you wondering even after you are done reading it you will clearly enjoy this story. Over all, I would rate the book a 5 out of 5.