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Anthony Ray Hinton

Recorded July 14th, 2020

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Anthony Ray Hinton, July 14, 2020

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On April 3, 2015, Anthony Ray Hinton walked out of the Jefferson County Jail a free man after 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. He was one of the longest serving death row prisoners in Alabama history and among the longest serving condemned prisoners to be freed after presenting evidence of innocence.

His memoir The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (2018) is an extraordinary journey through the traumas of imprisonment, the loss of freedom, and the power of hope. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s evocative memoir tells his dramatic 30-year journey that highlights how race, poverty and a flawed legal system condemned an innocent man whose family’s love and faith never wavered.

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    What was your creative process as a writer? Was it traumatizing to write about the time you spent incarcerated?

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    As Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality continue across the country, what is your reaction as someone who has spent 3 decades in prison for a crime you did not commit?

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    In your interview with Oprah you said “Death row was the only place where I never witnessed racism”. Why do you think this is?

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    Given all the blatant injustice depicted in your novel, do you believe the criminal justice system is capable of reform?

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    What inspired your book The Sun Does Shine? At what point did you know you wanted to write the book?

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    If Biden is elected, do you think capital punishment will be eliminated ?

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