Untold stories from the wrongfully convicted. A podcast from APPEAL.

Season One: Cookie

Season One of Surviving Injustice tells Cookie’s story, a woman we believe to have been wrongfully convicted of killing her baby. In this three-part series, we follow the sequence of events that led to her imprisonment and the fight to clear her name.

S1E1: Surviving Petee

Cookie’s baby son Petee died tragically, suddenly and without explanation. Months later the police knock on the door, and her life is turned upside down for a second time.

S1E2: Maintaining Innocence

Maintaining innocence in prison does not make you popular, and if it’s for a crime against a child, you are the lowest of the low. What happens when Cookie is sent to prison for a crime she claims she did not commit?

S1E3: Confront the Power

How would you cope if you spent 14 years in prison for a crime you did not commit?  How would you pass the time? Who would stand by you? What happens when Cookie is released? From Love Island to prison reform.

Meet the Producers


Lizzie Norton

Lizzie Norton is a University of Nottingham law graduate. She is currently working as a criminal paralegal and studying for her Legal Practice Course. She plans to pursue a career in women's justice.

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May Robson

May Robson is an MSc International Politics graduate at SOAS, specialising in migration, race and gender. She is a caseworker at Hibiscus Initiatives and a founding member of Bare Life Films, a production company currently making a documentary about access to healthcare for migrants. She is on Twitter as @mayrbsn.

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Naima Sakande

Naima is the Women’s Justice Advocate at APPEAL. She is also the creator and host of Third Culture Podcast, celebrating people who are from everywhere and belong nowhere. She is on Twitter as @NSakande.