ALTON LOGAN served 26 years of a life sentence in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was formally declared innocent on April 17, 2009. Alton currently lives with his wife, Terry, in Chicago.
BERL FALBAUM‘s career includes ten years as a political reporter for The Detroit News, four years in state politics as administrative aide to Michigan’s lieutenant governor, and fifteen years in corporate public relations. He also taught journalism part-time at Wayne State University in Detroit for 45 years. He is the author of eight books, including Shanghai Remembered, the story of how 20,000 Jews escaped to Shanghai from Nazi Europe during World War II, which received an award from the Independent Publishers Association.
An Official Junior Library Guild Selection, Adult Crossover Nonfiction
“Alarming and timely, Justice Failed is a must-read for anyone hoping to better understand the reality of modern American criminal justice.” —New York Journal of Books
“A shocking tale of wrongful conviction . . . that brings general conditions into cruelly sharp focus.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“In simple, unadorned prose, Logan tells his story of the gravely flawed justice system that imprisoned him, an innocent man, for nearly three decades . . . A powerful argument that will appeal to readers of Michael Morton’s Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace.” —Library Journal
“The story of the wrongful conviction of Alton Logan in Chicago stands out as perhaps one of the most unusual and cruel stories in the history of American jurisprudence. Convicted of a 1982 murder and sentenced to life in prison, Logan was not only innocent, but lawyers for the real killer knew it all along and, citing legal ethics, kept it a secret for more than a quarter of a century before revealing the evidence that set Logan free.” ―Maurice Possley, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Brown’s Chicken Massacre and Everybody Pays
“This remarkable first-person story, told by an innocent man who lost twenty-six years of his life for a crime he did not commit, not only presents the dilemma that criminal defense attorneys face when their client confesses to them, but also recounts how a serial police torturer named Jon Burge framed him, and a racist ‘justice’ system sealed his fate.” ―G. Flint Taylor, longtime attorney at the People’s Law Office in Chicago, who has represented numerous wrongfully convicted victims of Chicago police torture
“This is a superb book about a tragedy in which legal ethics stood perversely in the way of justice, costing an innocent man more than a quarter century of his life.” ―Rob Warden, codirector of Injustice Watch, Inc., and executive director emeritus of the Center on Wrongful Conviction, Northwestern University School of Law