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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alison Flowers  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Flowers lives in Chicago and works at the Invisible Institute, a production company on the South Side.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alison Flowers is a writer, multimedia journalist and storyteller. Her award-winning investigative journalism focuses on social and criminal justice. A former TV reporter, Flowers has also written for the Village Voice, VICE News, and others. She is a Social Justice News Nexus fellow and works at the Invisible Institute, a journalism production company on the South Side of Chicago.Her yearlong multimedia series about exonerees for Chicago Public Media and NPR affiliate WBEZ was a finalist for a national Online Journalism Award in 2014. She also contributed to the anthology ''Who Do You Serve? Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States.''Flowers is a Northwestern University alumna, having earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism in 2009.

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Titles At Your Library

Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity
ISBN: 1608466752

Haymarket Books. 2016

Through intimate portraits of four exonerated prisoners, journalist Alison Flowers explores what happens to innocent people after the state flings open the jailhouse door and tosses them back, empty-handed, into the unknown.

From the front lines of the wrongful conviction capital of the United States—Cook County, Illinois—investigative journalist Alison Flowers recounts profoundly human stories of reclaiming life, overcoming adversity, and searching for purpose after exoneration.

As she tells each exoneree's powerful story, Flowers vividly shows that release from prison, though sometimes joyous and hopeful, is not a Hollywood ending—or an ending at all. Rather, an exoneree's first unshackled steps are the beginning of a new journey full of turmoil and uncertainty. Flowers also sheds new light on the collateral damage of wrongful convictions on families and communities, confronting deeper problems of mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.


Exoneree Diaries

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