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Long Way Home Audiobook

Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him

Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago's very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn't commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial. Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago's Southeast Side. With one brother dead of HIV complications, another in jail for arson and murder, and most kids his age in gangs, Jovan struggled to be different. Until his arrest, he was.
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Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago's very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn't commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial.

Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago's Southeast Side. With one brother dead of HIV complications, another in jail for arson and murder, and most kids his age in gangs, Jovan struggled to be different. Until his arrest, he was. He excelled in school, dreamed of being a lawyer, and had been accepted to Ohio State. Then on August 6, 1999, Jovan witnessed a fight that would result in a man's death. Six months later, he was arrested, cruelly questioned, and forced into a confession.

Sent to a holding jail for violent criminals, he tried ceaselessly to get a trial so he could argue his case. He studied what casework he could, rigorously questioning his public defenders. But time after time his case was shoved aside. Amiable, bright, and peaceable, he struggled to stay alive in prison. As the years ground on, he'd begun to lose hope when, by chance, he met Catharine O'Daniel, a successful criminal defense lawyer. Although nearly all cases with a signed confession result in a conviction, she was so moved by him, and so convinced of his innocence, that Cathy accepted Jovan as her first pro bono client. Cathy asked Laura Caldwell to join her and together they battled for Jovan's exoneration.

Here is Laura's firsthand account of their remarkable journey.This is a harrowing true story about justice, friendship, failure, and success. A breakdown of the justice system sent a nice kid to one of the nation's nastiest jails for nearly six years without a trial. It would take a triumph of human kindness, ingenuity, and legal jousting to give Jovan even a fighting chance.

Deeply affecting, Long Way Home is a remarkable story of how change can happen even in a flawed system and of how friendship can emanate from the most unexpected places.

©2010 Story Avenue LLC (P)2011 Story Avenue LLC

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    Robyn 07-11-14
    Robyn 07-11-14

    Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.

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    "a different kind of horror story"

    This is a compelling book in many ways: the tragedy of years lost from the life of a promising and very likeable young man, the glimpse it provides of the process from the point of arrest by police, the brutality of the prison system, the legal system in which a case can stagnate, the incompetence of many professionals, day-to-day life in prison. There appears to be little or no hope until the chance meeting which eventually sees the wronged young man released to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. The role played by the two lawyers is heartwarming, as is his mother's dedication and the support of friends who help him as he begins to put together a new life. The section dealing with research on false confessions and other related matters helps to explain what happens to individuals who are caught up in the system: the accused, those who investigate, and the lawyers who prosecute and defend.

    Laura Caldwell is an excellent writer but I initially found her rather monotone delivery off-putting. But before long I felt that it suited the matter-of-fact business-like nature of her work. I agree with other commenters that the third person/first person inconsistency is confusing: it just shouldn't happen - where were the editors? However, that is my only criticism and I found the book rivetting from start to finish.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 02-09-14
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Gripping Story, Needs Different Narration"

    I listened to this on audio, which I do not recommend. The author is the narrator and this is one example of why authors don't necessarily make good narrators. Despite being close to the events, the narration was monotone. Also, it's told from the author's perspective but there were some points where she was referred to in the third person. It may be clear in printed form that the point of view had changed, but it was not clear in audio.

    That being said, the story was excellent! It is an interesting and heart wrenching story of what happened to Jovan: the glaring problems with the penal system in this case, information about false/forced confessions; and courtroom tactics. As someone who works in the area of civil rights, I am not surprised that these kinds of things still happen, but am appalled that they do. I am surprised that I had not heard of his story before; it seems like this should been plastered all over the court tv shows and internet. I feel awful for Jovan, his family and the family of Mr. Howard Thomas - none of this should ever have happened.

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    cate edwards 12-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a bed time book"

    Couldn't stop listening. Great heartfelt story. Books like this change people and systems. Well done

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    VICKI 12-03-15
    VICKI 12-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I read to escape, not for more reality."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is into reality and injustice.


    Has Long Way Home turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I was never turned on to this genre. Buying this book was a mistake.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounded bored the little bit that I listened to


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Long Way Home?

    N/A


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    Shelley Richmond, VA, United States 10-27-13
    Shelley Richmond, VA, United States 10-27-13
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    "Finding truth & restoring a young mans life"
    If you could sum up Long Way Home in three words, what would they be?

    Shocking, emotional, triumphant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Way Home?

    When the coauthors fell in love with Javon


    What does Laura Caldwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The passion and determination she had for bringing this young man home!


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