I wouldn't last 1 hour, incarcerated for a crime I hadn't committed, but Anthony Ray Hinton survived 30 years on death row! Ignoring all evidence of the contrary, the state of Alabama decreed Ray guilty of two murders. Determined to return home, innocent man that he was, Ray was supported by Mama, his friend, Lester, and God. Ray used his imagination to travel all over the world and managed to form a monthly book club to distract other death row inmates from thinking about their execution dates. Brian Stephenson from the EJI sparks hope, as he reopens this case and works ceaselessly towards Ray's eventual release. An amazing story of strength and resilience!
One of the best non-fiction books of the year. In alternating chapters that focus on past and present, Bauer elegantly lays out the brutal history of for-profit prisons in America, and writes about his experience both as a former prisoner and working as a guard in the private prison industry. This is an essential read for anyone interested in criminal justice or law enforcement.