Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson

Founder/Survivor, Healing Justice


Jennifer Thompson is Founder of Healing Justice, which provides support, reconciliation, and recovery in cases involving exonerations. Ms. Thompson founded Healing Justice based on her experience with a failed criminal justice process that sent Ronald Cotton, an innocent man, to prison and left the true perpetrator free to commit additional crimes. Ms. Thompson and Mr. Cotton co-authored a joint memoir, Picking Cotton, a New York Times bestseller, which recounts their journeys and the tragedy that brought them together. Ms. Thompson is a nationally recognized and award-winning advocate for criminal justice reform and served six years on the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.