The Sun

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Finished The Sun Does Shine, How I found life, freedom and justice, by Anthony Ray Hinton. Number eight on the 52-book quest of 2021. Yes, I’m behind schedule, four books behind to be exact. Just like on the 1,000 Mile Challenge and advertising in The Saratoga Special and finding a guest for this weeks’ In the Room for HRRN and planting the garden and…and…and…and…

Back to the book. 

Stunning and haunting read about our broken criminal justice system. I had read Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy, which was brilliant. This is written by Hinton, the man who lived on Death Row for 30 years, for a crime he didn’t commit. Why? Because, he was poor, he was black and our criminal justice system is deeply flawed, deeply prejudiced and deeply broken. Hinton never gave up hope to be exonerated, freed from a living hell. When you think you’ve reached the limit, think about living on Death Row for 30 years for a crime you didn’t commit, watching 54 men and women put to death, smelling the singe of the electric chair, knowing that you’re sliding toward it. 

Upsetting and uplifting, Hinton’s story will never leave you. 

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