Anthony Ray Hinton’s story has inspired and touched people all around the globe. He has an estimated net worth of $8 Million USD.
He spent 29 years on Alabama’s death row for a double robbery-murder he did not commit, due to false eyewitness testimony and inconclusive forensic evidence.
He published his memoir, The Sun Does Shine, and speaks at universities and events around the country to advocate for criminal justice reform and to end capital punishment.
Early Life and Education
Hinton was wrongfully charged in Alabama of killing two fast-food restaurant managers in 1985 and sentenced to death row at 29. The evidence against him, such as the gun that had supposedly been used in the crime, was flawed and was eventually cleared away by Bryan Stevenson who spent 16 years fighting on Hinton’s behalf until eventually, in 2015, the Supreme Court released him and cleared his name.
Since his release from prison, he has become a highly visible advocate for criminal justice reform. His story has shed light on flaws and bias within the system that serve to raise awareness for need of reform as well as an end to capital punishment. Additionally, his wrongful conviction highlighted the necessity of better forensic science within America.
Hinton is an inspiring public speaker on topics related to faith, forgiveness and the criminal justice system. His story has resonated with millions of people around the globe while shining a light on flaws and biases present within it.
He was found guilty of killing two restaurant managers in 1985 and spent 30 years on death row before maintaining his innocence through an alibi. Additionally, he wrote the book entitled: The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row.
Since his release from jail, he has dedicated his time and energy to advocating for criminal justice reform and raising awareness about wrongful convictions. He frequently speaks publicly about his experiences and works as a community educator at Equal Justice Initiative; additionally he regularly contributes to The New York Times.
Achievement and Honors
Anthony Ray Hinton has spent years sharing his story, advocating for changes to the criminal justice system and fighting wrongful convictions. His story has served as an entryway into conversations about race, poverty and justice issues in America.
Hinton has received many honorary degrees and is regularly invited to speak at colleges, universities and other events. Additionally, his memoir entitled: The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (2018) contains his personal account of these experiences.
Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row for two murders he did not commit; the Equal Justice Initiative finally secured his exoneration with new evidence, such as crime-scene bullets that did not match up with his mother’s gun. Hinton now works at EJI as a community educator, committed to criminal justice reform efforts.
Hinton addressed Binghamton University students and alumni via virtual event on September 2 to share his nearly three decade long incarceration on death row, providing insight into systemic racism found within state judicial systems as well as hope that justice would eventually triumph.
Hinton was wrongfully charged in 1985 with murdering two fast food restaurant managers in Birmingham, Alabama. His conviction rested on evidence suggesting that a revolver discovered at his mother’s house may have been used in killing these victims; later experts determined that crime-scene bullets did not match up to this revolver.
After being cleared of criminal charges, he quickly turned his experience into an advocate for criminal justice reform, sharing his harrowing tale to highlight flaws within the American legal system. He has spoken at many universities and events worldwide about ending wrongful incarceration – inspiring thousands.
Hinton was found guilty in 1985 for killing two fast food restaurant managers in Birmingham after an eyewitness identified him in a photo lineup. He spent nearly 30 years on death row, most of it spent in solitary confinement.
In 2015, Hinton was cleared after firearms experts performed another retest on a revolver owned by Hinton’s mother that did not match bullets found at the crime scene.
Since his release from prison, he has published the memoir The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life, Freedom and Justice and spoken at universities and conferences around the country. His story and faith have touched thousands, while currently working as a community educator for Equal Justice Initiative advocating tirelessly for criminal justice reform.