I first came across Hinton's story in the incredible book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I stumbled on this book one day while browsing in my library and knew I needed to read it. Hinton was arrested in 1985 and charged with murder. Being a poor black man in Alabama, justice was not served for him. He was sentenced to death, despite strong evidence against his having committed the crimes. For thirty years, he clung to his innocence as he waited on death row, with that innocence giving him hope and light in a very dark place. With the help of Bryan Stevenson and the work of Equal Justice Initiative, Hinton was finally set free in 2015. An incredibly powerful, riveting story. Highly recommended!
This was such a good book. This poor guy spent almost 30 yrs on death row for crimes he did not commit! He describes his entire experience so clearly that it left me shaken with the thought that "there but for the grace of God, goes I". What amazes me so much is how he never waivers from his true self - continuing to be loving, kind, and empathetic towards others. He remains true to himself in the worst of circumstances and is able to maintain his beautiful spirit. Our justice system is so unjust... These types of stories reinforces my belief that the death penalty should not be an option - ever! God Bless Mr Hinton - I pray that the remainder of his days are as beautiful as he is. This book grabbed hold and wouldn't let go - I read it in 2 days.