"About 10 times a month now, an innocent person is freed from an American prison. They're exonerated, sometimes after decades, because of new evidence, new confessions or the forensic science of DNA. There is joy the day that justice arrives, but we wondered, what happens the day after? You're about to meet three people who have returned to life from unjust convictions. One of them, Ray Hinton, was on death row. He remembers, too vividly, the Alabama electric chair and the scent that permeated the cell block when a man was met by 2,000 volts. Hinton waited his turn for nearly 30 years until this past April.
"An adept jailhouse lawyer, he compiled a 20-page legal brief setting out his case’s facts, discrepancies and contradictions, supplementing it with 80 pages of exhibits.
Jim mailed it with sufficient postage but diminishing hope. The Innocence Project received it at its Manhattan offices on April 18, 2002.
Jim, now 64, couldn’t have known it at the time but he had set in motion a series of actions that would provide the key to his freedom in August after 34 years of imprisonment."Read more
"Francis has gone further than other popes, and official church teaching, in saying there is simply no justification for the death penalty today. He has called life prison terms a "hidden death penalty" and solitary confinement a "form of torture" — and said both should be abolished."