Meet the Men Who Inspired Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held onto Hope

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Every one of these men has lost something that can never be restored. We hope that the powerful stories in TESTED cause readers to reexamine and reevaluate prejudices and preconceptions

Dallas leads the nation in exonerations of wrongly convicted men. To date, more than 20 men have been released. These men were not just "released" but freed from prison with their convictions expunged, a pardon from the governor and an apology from the DA.

Meet the men whose lives inspired TESTED: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held onto Hope (October, 2010) by Peyton Budd in collaboration with Dorothy Budd, a former child-sex-crimes prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney's office.

Through a series of one-on-one interviews conducted by Peyton Budd, TESTED explores the lives of 12 exonerated men, giving them voice to share their personal journeys of hope, forgiveness and redemption. We learn how they managed to maintain their sense of dignity while serving time behind bars for crimes they did not commit, and what their lives are like today.

“When you get convicted for something you didn’t do, and hear that gavel hit along with the words ‘we find this man guilty,’ and you do time," says exonoree Billy Smith, “Whether it’s a day, a week, a year, or twenty years…that takes something. It takes a bite out of you.”

TESTED runs the emotional gamut from the depths of the men's despair to the joy of their final vindication. Peyton Budd states, "Prior to my first interview for the book with one of the exonerated men, I expected anger and resentment, but what I found was love and forgiveness. Each one of the men has shown different amazing qualities as they shared their stories with us. I cannot express how much they have impacted me."

"Every one of these men has lost something that can never be restored. We hope that the powerful stories in TESTED cause readers to reexamine and reevaluate prejudices and preconceptions," adds Dorothy Budd.

To learn more visit: http://www.testedthebook.com

Books are available online and at bookstores everywhere.

To set up an interview contact: Cindy Birne, Director of Public Relations, Brown Books Publishing Group - 972-381-0009 or cindy(at)brownbooks(dot)com

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