Former Death Row Individual, Anthony Ray Hinton, Seeks to Inspire Through His New Children's Book

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CBS News: Tori B. Powel | June 14, 2022


Former death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton, who was exonerated in 2015 after spending nearly 30 years behind bars in Alabama, says he has forgiven the state for its decades-long injustice. Since being released, Hinton says he hopes his life story serves as inspiration to others – particularly young people who "have no hope."


"I don't think you can get any lower than where I was: On death row for a crime you didn't commit sitting in solitary confinement for 30 years," he told "CBS Mornings" on Tuesday. "If I can hold onto hope and come out and try to be the person that I know that I am inside, I want them to know that they can do the same thing."


In his latest book, "The Sun Does Shine," adapted for young readers between the ages 10 and 14, Hinton details his journey toward finding joy and hope again after his experience in prison.


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