Exit to Freedom

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University of Georgia Press
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6.08 X 8.62 X 0.91 inches | 0.98 pounds

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About the Author
Calvin C. Johnson Jr. (Author)
CALVIN C. JOHNSON JR. lives and works in the Atlanta area. He is on the board of the Georgia Innocence Project.

Greg Hampikian (Author)
GREG HAMPIKIAN, an associate professor of biology, works in the forensic science program at Boise State University.


Johnson, in a remarkably even voice, details his trial and sixteen years in prison for a rape he did not commit, ending with the long-suffering process that established his innocence. . . . Miracles come in the form of DNA testing, lawyers Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck, the Innocence Project, and sweet release. A rare individual, victim of not-too-rare legal circumstances, with a story that will have readers grinding their teeth until the end.

--Kirkus Reviews

A story that should appeal to readers interested in judicial reform, in our prisons, or in the conversion of hearts. Most of all, it should appeal to anyone who enjoys a strong and dramatic tale of struggle and triumph.

--Smoky Mountain News

This is both a documentary of a man's life and an insider's take on the workings of the prison industrial complex. . . . Johnson brings humanity and controversial opining to life in a structure that once held him in its clutches. And in that hard-won honesty are the keys to freedom.

--Atlanta Tribune

[Johnson] tells his story with dignity and convincing emotion. . . . [A]lmost always gripping and inspirational . . . DNA is lighting the path to reform of the criminal justice system. As a journalist who has studied the criminal justice system intensively, with an emphasis on prosecutors, I have read more than 100 books about alleged or proven wrongful convictions. This is the first I have read by someone who was wrongfully convicted. Maybe others will follow, but this one will be hard to top.

--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Calvin's saga lifts the rock exposing the dark side of America's system of criminal justice. Plucked from his family and friends by racism and indifference to truth, Calvin spent almost seventeen years in prison for crimes he did not commit. In the end, Calvin's personal transformation enabled him to triumph over his own bitterness and succeed in winning his freedom.

--Peter Neufeld "Cofounder of the Innocence Project"

Calvin Johnson's story shows that the criminal courts are failing in their most basic function--separating the innocent from the guilty--and that race continues to influence who is not convicted and who is convicted. Only the miracle of DNA technology proved Johnson's innocence and allows him to tell his compelling story after sixteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit. We are left to wonder how many other innocent people languish in prisons because there is no biological evidence in their cases.

--Stephen Bright "director of the Southern Center for Human Rights"

Exit to Freedom is a powerful and moving story of how one man deals with his loss of freedom and turns bitterness and defeat into personal success. Calvin Johnson's riveting story of life behind bars for a crime he did not commit would be just another prisoner's tale but for the tenacity of the human spirit and the truth and justice of modern technology.

--Dr. Henry C. Lee "Chair Professor in the University of New Haven's Forensic Science Program"