- Women and Innocence
- Life After Innocence advocates for innocent people adversely affected by the criminal justice system
- The Art and Craft of Writing
Laura Caldwell is a Lawyer-turned-author-turned-Life Saver.
She is a former civil trial attorney, now Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Director of Life After Innocence, published author of 10 novels and 1 nonfiction book.
With novels published in over 22 countries and translated into more than 13 languages, Caldwell had left the law behind, or so she thought.
Research on her 6th novel led her to the criminal case of Jovan Mosley, a young man charged with murder and sitting in a Cook County holding cell for over 5 years without a trial.
Compelled by his story, Caldwell joined a renowned criminal defense attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring her first nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him.
By working with Mosley, and witnessing his intense struggle to assimilate into a now foreign and unfriendly world, Caldwell became keenly aware that while many programs are available for ex-offenders after their release, the innocent in most states receive no assistance.
Caldwell was moved to create Life After Innocence, an innovative and first of its kind program that aids exonerees–people who have been wrongfully convicted and later found completely innocent–to begin their lives again and reclaim their rights as citizens.
Caldwell’s fictional work began in the women’s fiction genre, and she soon turned to writing mysteries and thrillers, most recently focusing her attention on a returning character, Izzy McNeil. The series has received critical acclaim and nominations for prestigious industry awards. Laura Caldwell is also a freelance magazine writer and has been widely published both domestically and internationally.
Books by Laura Caldwell
- Burning the Map
- The Rome Affair
- Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him
- Red, White & Dead
- Red Hot Lies
- Red Blooded Murder