Sun Does Shine : How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
by Hinton, Anthony Ray; Hardin, Lara Love; Stevenson, Bryan (FRW)







Forewordix
Bryan Stevenson
1 Capital Offense
1(14)
2 All American
15(11)
3 A Two-Year Test Drive
26(11)
4 The Cooler Killer
37(12)
5 Premeditated Guilt
49(6)
6 The Whole Truth
55(12)
7 Conviction, Conviction, Conviction
67(10)
8 Keep Your Mouth Shut
77(9)
9 On Appeal
86(12)
10 The Death Squad
98(12)
11 Waiting To Die
110(9)
12 The Queen of England
119(10)
13 No Monsters
129(10)
14 Love Is A Foreign Language
139(9)
15 Go Tell It On the Mountain
148(9)
16 Shakedown
157(9)
17 God's Best Lawyer
166(7)
18 Testing the Bullets
173(10)
19 Empty Chairs
183(20)
20 Dissent
203(12)
21 They Kill You On Thursdays
215(9)
22 Justice for All
224(6)
23 The Sun Does Shine
230(7)
24 Bang On the Bars
237(6)
Afterword: Pray for Them By Name243(10)
Acknowledgments253


A revelatory memoir by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit describes how he became a victim of a dangerously flawed legal system, recounting the years he shared with dozens of fellow inmates who were eventually executed before his exoneration and his post-release decision to commit his life to prison reform.





ANTHONY RAY HINTON spent nearly thirty years on death row for crimes he didn't commit. Released in April 2015, Hinton now speaks widely on prison reform and the power of faith and forgiveness. He lives in Alabama.





*Starred Review* In 2015, Hinton was released after serving nearly 30 years-half of his life-on Alabama's death row for crimes he didn't commit. His memoir, collaboratively written with Hardin, is a troubling, moving, and ultimately exalting journey through the decades Hinton lived under the threat of death while an unjust system that refused to acknowledge mistakes failed him repeatedly. After barely speaking during his first years on the row, Hinton's natural friendliness and compassion compelled him to connect with his fellow inmates and start a book club. As he experienced the executions of these new friends, Hinton learned to rely on his imagination-which took him from his five-by-seven cell to places he'd never been-and never take for granted the unconditional love of his mother and best friend, who never missed a visiting day. Hope eventually appeared in the form of "God's best lawyer," Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy (2014). It would take Stevenson and his team, working tirelessly, another 15 years to win Hinton back his freedom. Even more powerful than the crushing terror of serving a death sentence while innocent are Hinton's refusal to be diminished by it and his unwavering commitment to forgiveness. Lighting unfathomable places, Hinton's gripping story asks readers to do the same.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With a huge print run, Hinton's incredible story and social-justice star Stevenson, who wrote the foreword, will draw major attention. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.





An urgent, emotional memoir from one of the longest-serving condemned death row inmates to be found innocent in America.One night in July 1985, Hinton was locked in a secure warehouse of a supermarket for his overnight shift when, 15 miles away, the assistant manager of a local restaurant was kidnapped at gunpoint, robbed, and shot in the head. Less than a week later, police showed up at Hinton's house to arrest him for that crime and the murders of two other local Alabama restaurant managers. Hinton was black, 29, living at home with his mother, and innocent of all charges. At his trial, his lawyer presented an incompetent defense that failed to refute the state's distorted evidence and several witnesses' false claims. Hinton was found guilty of two counts of capital murder and sentenced to death by electric chair. For the next three decades, he maintained his innocence in solitary confinement on Alabama's death row, where he watched more than 50 men led past his cell to the execution chamber just 30 feet away. The truth of Hinton's innocence and his unshakable faith in God helped him cope with prison life and several failed repeal attempts until Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, eventually took up his case and brought it all the way to the Supreme Court. After nearly 30 years, all charges against Hinton were dropped, and he was released from prison in 2015. Woven into vivid descriptions of life behind bars are flashbacks to the author's childhood, court transcripts, police documents, news clippings, and correspondence that reveal the roles racism, poverty, and fear played in creating a deeply biased criminal justice system that punishes the poor and people of color. Stevenson (Just Mercy, 2014) provides a powerful foreword. A heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about truth, justice, and the need for criminal justice reform. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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