Laura Caldwell is the bestselling author of 14 novels as well as the acclaimed nonfiction work Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (Free Press, Simon & Schuster). Her short fiction has appeared in several award-winning anthologies. Caldwell formerly practiced as civil trial attorney and now is a professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
In 2008, she founded Life After Innocence at Loyola, to aid persons wrongly convicted. Since its founding, Caldwell has served as LAI’s director, working with dozens of staff members and law students who advocate for innocent people adversely affected by the criminal justice system. They help these exonerees re-enter society and enable them to reclaim their rights as citizens through individualized legal and support services and wider-reaching public policy initiatives. LAI helps them find homes to live in, connects them with jobs, teaches them the basic necessities for functioning in present-day society and assists them in expunging their records and pursuing compensation from the state. LAI is now a model for similar projects around the world.
Caldwell is grateful to the exonerees for having the courage to tell their stories so unflinchingly, and to the writers, who gave of themselves to ensure the book is the best it can be. She also thanks Leslie S. Klinger for his tireless efforts in co-editing Anatomy of Innocence.
Leslie S. Klinger is the New York Times-bestselling editor of the Edgar®-winning The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The New Annotated Dracula, and most recently, the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft for Liveright/W. W. Norton, In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe (Pegasus Books), as well as the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated Annotated Sandman (Vertigo/DC Entertainment). He also co-edited, with Laurie R. King, the anthologies A Study in Sherlock (Random House) and the Anthony®-winning In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Pegasus Books).
His New Annotated Frankenstein will be published by Liveright in August 2017. Klinger formerly served as the SoCal chapter president and on the national board of the Mystery Writers of America and is the treasurer of the Horror Writers Association. He practices tax, estate planning and business law in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, dog and two cats.
Born and raised in Chicago, Klinger is a longtime supporter of Loyola University Chicago’s Life After Innocence and has volunteered his assistance on tax matters. He was thrilled to be asked by Laura Caldwell to co-edit Anatomy of Innocence and to have an opportunity to work with the amazing individuals whose stories are told in the book and the equally amazing writers who tell them.
Read about all the exonerees involved, including death row exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth, whose Kirk Bloodsworth Postconviction DNA Testing Program was established under the 2004 federal Innocence Protection Act.