Picking Cotton

Status: Announced As of February 28, 2010

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In 1984, college student Jennifer Thompson-Cannino is raped and later identifies 22-year-old Ronald Cotton as her attacker, leading to a jury conviction and sentence of life in prison. Cotton maintains his innocence and is freed 11 years later, thanks to DNA testing. Thompson-Cannino and Cotton then met, became friends and begin traveling together through the Innocence Project to promote understanding about flaws in the criminal justice system.

Additional Notes

  • Adapted from Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton's memoir.