. . . that you meet someone who spent 17 years on death row and then was exonerated.
Over the weekend, I was in Spokane, Washington, to participate in the "Race and Criminal Justice in the West" conference at Gonzaga Law School, and I ended up chatting with Juan Melendez-Colon. Needless to say, it was a fascinating conversation.
Along the same lines, I heartily recommend False Justice: Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent by former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro. This book recounts how Petro, a staunch Republican and prosecutor, became won over by the power and precision of DNA testing, to the point where he, as the sitting AG, was arguing with a local prosecutor about the latter's refusal to accept DNA results as exonerating a defendant whom she had prosecuted! These aren't death row cases, but the instances of innocent men who served ten or more years after their wrongful convictions is pretty powerful.