The lawyer and writer Laura Caldwell calls her new book, Long Way Home (Free Press; $26), a trifecta: part courtroom drama, part Eat, Pray, Love–style memoir, part social injustice exposé. In it, she chronicles her efforts to free a Chicago man named Jovan Mosley, who awaited trial for six years for a 1999 murder he did not commit. But it’s also the story of a powerful friendship that carried the lawyer and her client through Caldwell’s subsequent divorce and Mosley’s ultimate release. “When I saw Jovan get out of 26th and Cal, he was persona non grata,” says Caldwell. Today, she is working to correct that injustice by providing legal, financial, and social services to exonerated prisoners through Loyola’s Life After Innocence Project. Mosley is now an undergraduate at Loyola, pursuing his dream of becoming a lawyer.
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