Author: Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, John Grisham
Summary: An informative and infuriating read that uses an engaging story to highlight areas where criminal justice reform is desperately needed.
“After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks. Together they spent a combined thirty years in prison before finally being exonerated in 2008. Meanwhile, the real killer remained free.” (source) This was made possible by a criminal justice system that incentivized experts to give law enforcement the answers they wanted. This was particularly desirable to people in power when racially motivated killings were prevalent. Even today though, there seems to be little appetite for reform. Courts around the country still allow specious ‘science’ and prevent innocent people from being freed on technicalities. This book focuses on two men who took advantage of this system to make a profit while sending innocent people to jail. Read more »