Mark Godsey’s new book Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions, is the best book I’ve read on the criminal justice system since Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.
As both a former prosecutor and co-founder/director of the Ohio Innocence Project, Godsey uses compelling stories of freeing innocent people to look at why wrongful convictions happen, how they’re often difficult to overturn even in the face of irrefutable evidence, and how we could improve the criminal justice system. This is the rare book that looks at criminal justice from the perspective of culture. And Godsey has the chops to tell it: in addition to formerly serving as prosecutor, he has now, through the Ohio Innocence Project, freed 25 Ohioans who together served more than 470 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.
Godsey was kind enough to answer a few questions.
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