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Alison Flowers
Alison Flowers is a Chicago journalist who focuses on social justice. A contributor to Chicago Public Media and NPR affiliate, WBEZ 91.5, she is the author of Exoneree Diaries, a narrative non-fiction series that explores how exonerated prisoners struggle to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and identities. A former on-air TV reporter, Alison also previously worked for the Medill Justice Project at Northwestern University, her graduate alma mater, where she contributed to the investigations of potentially wrongful convictions. She played a pivotal role in the case of former Illinois prisoner Jennifer Del Prete, a single mother of two who returned home in April 2014, after nearly 10 years behind bars. Alison wrote about the Del Prete case for the project’s “Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome,” which earned a Peter Lisagor Award by the Chicago Headline Club, the largest chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2010, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized Alison’s short documentary about Illinois’ collapsing system of mental health care among six other films for the 37th Annual Student Academy Awards. The piece won in a social change category at an independent film festival.

Alison is a member of The OpEd Project and mentor for GlobalGirl Media, an organization that empowers young women from under-served communities around the world through new media leadership training.

Entries by Alison Flowers

'Rectify' Returns With More Realism on Life After Exoneration

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:03 PM

SundanceTV's Rectify premieres its second season Thursday, June 19, at 9:00pm ET/PT. The first season is available on Netflix.

"Exoneree" isn't a word in the dictionary, but it should be. Spell-check still picks it up with that red squiggly line, as though the more than 1,300 known men and...

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Are Women Left Behind in Exonerations?

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 12:09 PM

The innocence movement has largely left women behind. While men and women count themselves among the lawyers and crusaders who free the innocent, exonerated American women are few -- 111 in all.

Women tally fewer than eight percent of the 1,371 known U.S. exonerations listed in the National Registry of...

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