Our guest speaker for Aperture this month is Jennifer Thompson of Healing Justice. Healing Justice facilitates restorative justice and reconciliation in cases involving exonerations; organizes volunteer service providers to provide direct support and assistance in the aftermath of exonerations; and creates opportunities to unify the diverse voices of those affected by wrongful convictions.
Jennifer Thompson founded Healing Justice after her experience with a failed criminal justice process that sent an innocent person to prison and left the true perpetrator free to commit additional crimes. Jennifer’s ordeal with the criminal justice system began in 1984, when she survived a brutal attack as a college student in North Carolina. In 1995, DNA testing led to the identification of her attacker and proved the innocence of Ronald Cotton, who spent 11 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the crime. Together, Jennifer and Ronald co-authored a joint memoir, New York Times best-seller “Picking Cotton,” which recounts their journeys and the tragedy that brought them together.
Dinner will be available beginning at 5:45pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up for dinner by the Monday before to help us prepare. No sign-up is required for Aperture.