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November 2011 , Page 55 

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Book Reviews

By Obaid Khan, Gail Gianasi Natale, Patrick J. Boylan

How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held Onto Hope

By Peyton and Dorothy Budd 
Brown Books Publishing (2010) 
Reviewed by Obaid Khan 

The numbers of individuals wrongly convicted who have spent decades in prison are often portrayed as faceless statistics staring back at us on paper or screen. However, in Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held Onto Hope, Dorothy Budd and her daughter, Peyton Budd, provide 12 human faces that show the devastating impact of wrongful convictions, accompanied by vivid descriptions of the pitfalls within the criminal justice system. They rely on an unconventional approach to convey their message, focusing on the stories of 12 exonerated individuals who might otherwise only be known as statistics on a page. One of the most striking elements of this book is the poignant and staggering exoneration rate evidenced after the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office took DNA swabs from convicted men and compared their DNA to samples in the evid

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