Uplifting stories of innocent people who survived the ordeal of incarceration and were eventually set free.
Imagine you are in prison for a crime you did not commit. You cannot believe what has happened to you and you're certain the system will correct the erroryet years later you're still behind bars. In "Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope" those who have been wrongfully convicted tell stories of hope, redemption, and how they continued to believe that the system that put them behind bars would eventually find them innocent. Get a glimpse of life inside some of America's prisons and discover how each exoneree survived, and in some cases thrived and prevailed against overwhelming odds."Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope" is a collection of true stories told by wrongfully convicted men and women as well as their families and friends. Each former inmate reveals what gave them the hope that they would be exonerated; how they continued to sustain hope, sometimes for more than 20 years; and what they did to keep their humanity in one of the most inhumane of all places. Exoneration is only the beginning for these brave men and women. After spending so many years locked up, returning to the outside world can be challenging. During the years of their incarceration, they watched the world change completely, as new technologies and new ways to communicate developed. Now that they’re back on the outside, many struggle with finding a job and maintaining their health. As challenging as life is for most of us, it’s even more of a challenge for exonerees. Families and friends also share how they got through every day while their loved ones were behind barshow they stayed strong while their innocent loved ones were in prison, what they did to stay positive on visiting day, and what it is like to have someone home after so many years in prison. "Pruno Wine, Ramen, and a Side of Hope" also exposes the systemic problems that contribute to wrongful convictions and offers a defense attorney’s perspective on the herculean effort required to overturn a guilty verdict and free an innocent person. Discover what has gone wrong with our justice system and what we can do to help fix the problems. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the non-profit organizations that provide appellate defense services to the wrongfully convicted or that provide post-exoneration services to exonerees."
|Publisher:||Post Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Courtney Lance, the daughter of a civil rights and political organizer, is an audit professional with the real estate firm Draper and Kramer in Chicago. Courtney feels it important that we all honor our creative spirits and does so through her Chicago based non-profit, The Third Place. She has been a regular contributor to Two Tight Shoes, a blog for women, and currently authors A Life Well Fed, a blog exploring and sharing her creative life. She also is a director of Louis’ Groceries, a nonprofit organization that helps the residents of under-served communities in Chicago adopt healthy eating habits. She believes the voices of the wrongfully convicted need to be heard so we all may understand the weaknesses in our justice system, the lack of support services for the exonerated and to witness the strength of the human spirit that has empowered these men and women to remain hopeful during the many years spent in prison for crimes they did not commit.
Nikki Pope is an attorney with the law firm of Cooley, LLP in Northern California where she specializes in securities law and corporate governance. She has been a member of the advisory board of the Northern California Innocence Project since 2005. She is a member of the California Bar Association and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. She also is a director of Moving Train, Inc., an organization that provides fiscal sponsorship for documentary filmmakers. She is very interested in prison reform and, as a member of her firm’s pro bono practice group, provides free legal services to organizations that work with California prisoners such as the Insight Prison Project, The Last Mile, and the Prison University Project.