Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 SelectionThe Instant New York Times BestsellerA powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit."An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”- Archbishop Desmond TutuIn 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence―full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon―transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015. With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.
Prisoners on death row spend 22 or more hours a day alone in cramped, barren cells. They have little to do except wait to die -- without knowing if it will happen in days or decades. This extreme isolation combined with the omnipresent fear of death takes a severe psychological toll that is unnecessary, inhumane, and -- in the eyes of many -- unconstitutional. In this book Hans Toch, James Acker and Vincent Bonventre present wide-ranging scholarly perspectives from psychologists, legal professionals, and criminologists, along with compelling personal accounts from prison administrators and actual death row inmates. Together, they reveal the systemic, physical, and moral conditions that define and underlie death row, as well as the humanity of death row inmates who struggle to find meaning amid a lack of human contact, physical activity, and mental stimulation. This book represents an urgent call to action for researchers, policymakers, and all those who seek criminal justice reform.
No Choirboy takes readers inside America's prisons and allows inmates sentenced to death as teenagers to speak for themselves. In their own voices―raw and uncensored―they talk about their lives in prison and share their thoughts and feelings about how they ended up there. Susan Kuklin also gets inside the system, exploring capital punishment itself and the intricacies and inequities of criminal justice in the United States. This is a searing, unforgettable read, and one that could change the way we think about crime and punishment.No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row is a 2009 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.
Bestselling author Thomas Cahill tells the absorbing, heartbreaking tale of the hard life and tragic death of Dominique Green—wrongly accused, then executed in Huntsville, Texas—and shines a light on our racist and deeply flawed criminal justice system. Green, an extraordinary young man from the urban ghettos of Houston, was utterly failed by every echelon of society—the Catholic Church, numerous U.S. courts of law, and even his own mother. But from the depths of despair on Death Row, he transcended his earthly sufferings and achieved enlightenment and peace, inciting an international movement against the death penalty and inspiring his personal hero, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to plead publicly for mercy. A Saint on Death Row is an unforgettable, sobering, and deeply spiritual account that illuminates the moral imperatives too often ignored in the headlong quest for judgment.
A glimpse into the mind and motives of a murderer.
"Some true stories move us. Pamela's story changes us." - Dale S.Recinella, Chaplain for Florida's Death Row and author of Now I Walk on Death RowPamela Perillo was set to die on March 24, 1996.Convicted of capital murder in 1980, Pamela sat on Texas s Death Row awaiting lethal injection. But less than two days before her scheduled execution, she was given a second chance, and in 2000, she was resentenced: from death to life in prison with the possibility of parole.Her first chance at new life had come shortly after her arrest, when Pamela embraced the Christian faith and began bringing her fellow inmates to redemption in Christ.That s why although Pamela s story is one of imprisonment first by abuse and addiction and ultimately behind the locked doors of the criminal justice system it s also a story of hope of finding a new path in faith, of taking courage from the promise of salvation, and now, of praying for parole in 2019 after nearly forty years of incarceration.Salvation on Death Row combines true-crime reporting with a powerful spiritual memoir, reminding us that every life is a journey, every person is capable of change, and every individual can make a positive impact on the world."This is a great story with a wonderful conclusion: The only good answer is the Lord!"- -Bill Glass, founder of Bill Glass MinistriesThe author's proceeds from Salvation on Death Row will benefit Patriot PAWS service dogs.
Grace and Justice on Death Row
As one of the most influential finance lawyers in the country, Dale Recinella was living the American dream. With prestige, power, and unthinkable paychecks at his fingertips, his life was perfect. . . at least on paper. But on the heels of closing a huge deal for the Miami Dolphins, Dale's life took an unfathomable turn. He heard and heeded Jesus's call to sell everything he owned and follow him. Thus began a radical quest to live out the words of Jesus no matter what the cost. In this quick paced, well written story, Recinella shares his amazing journey from growing up in the slums of Detroit to racing through "the good life" on Wall Street to finally walking the humble path of God the path of ministry on death row.
This book is based on a real true crime story that took place in Laredo, Texas during the year 1991, “The Triple-Ax Murder.” Miguel Angel Martinez was the first and youngest in Texas to be on death row. Miguel Angel Martinez is still in prison serving a life sentence. His sentence to death was commuted to a life sentence. Miguel Angel Martinez has been eligible for parole since 2006 but keeps getting denied, due to the nature of the crime he “supposedly” committed. His story can be compared to the movie Shawshank Redemption, where he resembles the fictional character, Andy Dupresne. The only difference is that Miguel Angel’s story is real and not a fictional movie written by Stephen King. Miguel Angel Martinez came out speaking about his case in a documentary, “Laredo and the Law,” directed by Folke Ryden; produced by Sveriges Television (New York, NY: Filmakers Library, 2000). Miguel’s case got international media exposure. Miguel Angel has also been interviewed for several articles and books pertaining to his case. On August 3, 2018, Miguel Angel Martinez was featured in a true crime docuseries aired by Netflix, “I Am a Killer,” in the 10-episode, “Sympathy for the Devil.” “If life could be compared to a rose, right now I have only seen and felt the thorns. I have seen no bloom, felt no soft petals or smelled only sweet scent. I used to live under the belief that I did not deserve happiness that my fate was to experience pain and misery. My road to perdition: how my life came to be so defined by one night in January and that became the first major event to determine by my acts and choice, where my path would lead. Experimental or anecdotal record of the years beyond that night. Inward emotional, psychological, and spiritual path that wound through my road to perdition and the anecdotal record of the years beyond that night, the much more accurate and significant part of my story. My whole life is just what it is, so much of it a matter of public record, to be learned and relived by anyone who was not there the first go-round.” Miguel Angel Martinez
Hell Hath No Fury 5: Women on Death Row is the first book in a two book sub-series of the Hell Hath No Fury series. There are currently 52 women on Death Row in the United States. This book deals with the cases in Alabama, Arizona and California. These three states account for more than one half of the death penalty cases in the US. California leads the way by far with 21. The rest of the cases will be featured in Hell Hath No Fury 6: Women on Death Row 2.