About the Book:
On April 3, 2015, Anthony Ray Hinton left the Jefferson County Jail a free man after spending nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row. “The sun does shine,” he said as he was embraced by family and friends.
In 1985, Hinton was arrested and charged with homicide following the murders of two Birmingham-area fast-food restaurant managers. The survivor of a third shooting identified Hinton from a lineup, and police found an old revolver belonging to Hinton’s mother that they connected to all three crimes. Even though he passed a polygraph test and his employer had told police that he was working in a locked warehouse at the time, Hinton was arrested, tried and convicted based almost solely on the thin firearms evidence presented by prosecutors.
Just 29 years old when he was sentenced to die by electrocution, Hinton spent his first three years on death row in stunned silence and despair. At first, he expressed anger at those who would sentence an innocent man to die. However, he came to accept his fate and resolved not just to survive, but to serve as a beacon of hope for the others around him. For the next 27 years, he served as a model and a mentor for those on death row, all the while never losing the determination to prove his innocence. In 2015, with the help of attorney Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative, Hinton won his release from prison. Hinton’s story is one in which prejudice and loss are overcome by hope, inspiration, and justice.