Laura Caldwell

is a Lawyer-turned-Author-turned-Humanitarian

Former civil trial attorney

Founding Director of Life After Innocence

Published author of

14 novels and 1 nonfiction book

Laura Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney who is founding director of Life After Innocence. She is also a published author of 14 novels and one nonfiction book. Get the latest news and updates by signing up for Laura's mailing list!
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New Release Anatomy of Innocence edited by Laura Caldwell

Stories of the wrongfully convicted are brought to life in collaboration

with best-selling mystery and thriller writers in this harrowing anthology

Long thought to be statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, wrongful convictions happen with frightening regularity through advances in technology and dogged investigation. Nonetheless, very few people understand just how they happen, and more importantly, the consequences. Now the groundbreaking anthology Anatomy of Innocence, edited by Laura Caldwell and Leslie S. Klinger, tells the incredible true stories of over a dozen innocent men and women who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into the maw of a vast and deeply flawed American criminal justice system before eventually, miraculously being exonerated. Here, each “exoneree” is paired with a high-profile mystery and thriller writer (including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie King, S.J. Rozan, Brad Parks and others) to produce a unique collaboration.  By partnering master storytellers with exonerees and their incredible narratives, and with reflections from Barry Scheck and Scott Turow, two of the most learned lawyers and legal scholars in the world, Anatomy of Innocence presents the tragedy of wrongful convictions like never before. Learn more at

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“A unique collection of 15 wrongful conviction sagas bound to shake faith in the American criminal justice system.” –Kirkus Reviews

“With these stories, the authors and editors provide a list of symptoms for an illness that is plaguing the justice system, bringing desperately needed awareness to the issues involved in wrongful convictions.” -Publishers Review

“Each story in Anatomy of Innocence is unique and compelling in its own right, but some common themes emerge. The living hell of prison. The loss of friends and family while incarcerated. The often fortuitous circumstances that lead to exoneration. But perhaps the most noteworthy is how often exonerees rejected bitterness and turned their focus toward the future and helping others.” -The Big Thrill

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