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Anthony Ray Hinton Spent Almost 30 Years on Death Row. Now He Has a Message for White America.

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Anthony Ray Hinton was mowing the lawn at his mother's house in 1985 when Alabama police came to arrest him for 2 murders he did not commit. One took place when he was working the night shift at a Birmingham warehouse. Yet the state won a death sentence, based on 2 bullets it falsely claimed matched a gun found at his mother's home. In his powerful new memoir, "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row," Hinton describes how racism and a system stacked against the poor were the driving forces behind his conviction. He also writes about the unique and unexpected bonds that can form on death row, and in particular about his relationship with Henry Hays, a former Klansman sentenced to death for a notorious lynching in 1981. Hays died in the electric chair in 1997 - 1 of 54 people executed in Alabama while Hinton was on death row.
After almost 30 years, Hinton was finally exonerated in 2015, thanks to the Equal Justice Initiative, or EJI. On April 27…

Missouri Prison Guard Investigated for Supporting Death Row Inmate’s Clemency Request

John Winfield
John Winfield
POTOSI, Mo. (KMOX) - The Potosi Correctional Center is investigating a staff member for the offense of “over-familiarity” because the staff member has pledged support for inmate John Winfield’s petition for clemency.

According to court documents, the guard has worked for the Department of Corrections for more than 20 years.

He has supervised Winfield’s work for years and “superlatively describes Mr. Winfield’s work habits, his kindness to other prisoners, and the respect with which he is regarded by staff and prisoners alike.”

The staff members notes that Winfield took a special interest in looking after the inmates in the Special Needs Unit, who have disabilities, and he further describes Winfield as among the “elite one percent of all inmates.”

Winfield is scheduled to die June 18 for killing two women in St. Louis County in 1996.

The documents also state that in the guard’s more than 20 years of service, “he has met a few exceptional individuals who have been sentenced to death, but who have become changed men.” He states that Winfield is “a compassionate and generous person who has the ability to mentor young inmates and change their lives.”

Source: CBS, KMOX, June 3, 2014

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