Laura Caldwell is a lawyer-turned-author-turned-humanitarian. She is a former civil trial attorney, now Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Director of Life After Innocence, and published author of 13 novels and one nonfiction book. Laura began her writing career in women’s fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. Research for her sixth novel led her to a young man held in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years. What transpired was the subject of her first nonfiction book, Long Way Home. She is published in over 22 countries and translated into more than 13 languages.