Dr. Saundra Westervelt, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, was interviewed for a report published in the News & Observer regarding the book she co-authored about the plight of death row exonerees. Along with co-author, Kimberly J. Cook, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at UNC-Wilmington, Westervelt wanted to expose the issues that wrongly convicted prisoners deal with when they rebuild their lives after the ordeal.

“There was really no conversation publicly or in academia about the aftermath of a wrongful conviction,” Westervelt said. “Nobody was focusing on what happened to these people after they got out.”

With the in-depth book, exploring the lives of 18 exonerees after their wrongful convictions, Westervelt and Cook urge states like North Carolina to take on the issue of compensating exonerees toward rejoining society.

“This is not a Republican or a Democratic issue,” Westervelt said. “It’s an issue of doing what’s right.”

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