The Freedom Center Journal’s latest issue, Volume 2, Issue 2, contains the first-ever collection of art, poetry, letters, and other forms of expression of innocent people who were wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. As a journal that prides itself on truly being interdisciplinary, FCJ welcomed the opportunity to work with the Ohio Innocence Project on this project to bring awareness to the social injustices experienced by those who have been wrongfully convicted. The issue was made possible through collaborations across the University of Cincinnati campus including the School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the School of Architecture and Interior Design.
A Look Inside the Book
The issue is divided into three sections: Part I includes work from artist Dan Bolick's "Resurrected" collection of portraits of wrongfully convicted individuals who were sentenced to death or life in prison.
Part II consists of the creative expressions of 28 individuals who were also wrongfully convicted. The creative expressions include letters, poems, essays, artwork, and photographs of gifts made while incarcerated allowing the reader an insight into the reality of wrongful conviction.
Each individual's work is accompanied by a case profile explaining what led to the wrongful conviction. Not all of the individuals included in this section have been exonerated. Some have been released from prison without an official recognition of wrongful conviction; some still remain incarcerated irrespective of their actual innocence. The case profiles were researched by OIP fellows and written by FCJ associate editors. Some stories were reprinted with permission of various innocence network organizations across the country.
Part III of the issue includes photographs by a world-renowned photographer who portrays individuals who were wrongfully convicted, incarcerated, and later exonerated through DNA evidence.