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"An eye-opening book that suggests how commonplace are miscarriages of justice in the U.S.... the author’s accumulation of evidence is revelatory."

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Smoke but No Fire: Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened

From University of California Press. Coming August 4, 2020. Now available for pre-order.

Rodricus Crawford was convicted and sentenced to die for the murder by suffocation of his beautiful baby boy. After years on death row, evidence confirmed what Crawford had claimed all along: he was innocent, and his son had died from an undiagnosed illness. Crawford is not alone. A full one-third of all known exonerations stem from no-crime wrongful convictions.

The first book to explore this common but previously undocumented type of wrongful conviction, Smoke but No Fire tells the heartbreaking stories of innocent people convicted of crimes that simply never happened.

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