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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…

Indonesia: Firing squad personnel dispatched to Nusakambangan

Hundreds of firing squad personnel from the Central Java Police’s Mobile Brigade were taken to Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap on Tuesday evening. 

They were transported to the prison island using several police trucks at around 8:00 p.m. local time via Wijayapura Quay in Cilacap. 

It took only five minutes for the firing squad team to reach Nusakambangan via the prison island’s motor vessel, the KM Pengayoman IV.

The firing squad’s arrival indicates the imminent executions of several drug convicts, the third round of executions since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo took office.

The Central Java Police said they had prepared a Brimob firing squad team comprising 150 personnel for the third round of executions. “Each condemned convict will be handled by one firing squad, which consists of 12 Brimob personnel. Ten will acts as executioners while the two remaining officers are assigned to carry flashlights,” Central Java Police spokesperson Sr.Comr.Liliek Darmanto told The Jakarta Post.

Nusakambangan has been closed to family visits since Monday, ahead of the executions, which reportedly will be conducted early on Saturday. 

Nusakambangan is now restricted to unauthorized personnel, except families of the condemned, prison personnel and parties related to the executions. 

Hundreds of police personnel are on guard starting from the entrance to Wijayapura Quay, the only access to the prison island.

“On the day itself, we will dispatch around 1,500 personnel to secure the executions so everything runs smoothly,” Cilacap Police spokesperson Adj.Comr.Bintoro told journalists.

Source: The Jakarta Post, Agus Maryono, July 27, 2016

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