How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin
Foreword by Bryan Stevenson
Oprah’s Book Club Selection
Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
“No one I have represented has inspired me more than Anthony Ray Hinton and I believe his compelling and unique story will similarly inspire our nation and readers all over the world.”
—Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence, and ultimately set him free. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but to find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015. With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.
Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly thirty years on death row for crimes he did not commit. Released in April 2015, Hinton now speaks widely on prison reform and the power of faith and forgiveness. He lives in Alabama.
The Sun Does Shine has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:
Metropolitan State University of Denver; St. John’s University (NY); Utah Valley University
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“A textbook example of injustice. I can’t think of a case that more urgently dramatizes the need for reform than what has happened to Anthony Ray Hinton.”
—Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy
On April 3, 2015, Anthony Ray Hinton walked out of the Jefferson County Jail in Alabama a free man for the first time in thirty years. “The sun does shine,” he said as he embraced family and friends. Hinton was one of the longest serving death row prisoners in Alabama history and among the longest serving condemned prisoners to be free after evidence of innocence. Learn more about the story behind his memoir, The Sun Does Shine: https://eji.org/anthony-ray-hinton-exonerated-from-alabama-death-row.
Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. Bryan Stevenson, the founder of EJI, provided the legal representation to Anthony Ray Hinton that ultimately got him exonerated from Death Row. Learn more about the Equal Justice Initiative and how you can help: https://eji.org/.