On April 3, 2015, Anthony Ray Hinton walked from a prison in Birmingham, a free man. Free after almost thirty years on death row. Thirty years spent in the shadow of execution – for a crime he did not commit.
The Death Penalty Information Center notes that Hinton is the 152nd person sentenced to death to be exonerated since 1973.
The possibility of executing one innocent person should give us considerable pause. It provides a strong argument against capital punishment.
Speaking after Hinton’s release, “Bryan Stevenson, one of Mr. Hinton’s lawyers and the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, said Mr. Hinton’s right to justice had been limited as an impoverished black man.”
The racial and economic inequities in the application of justice in relation to provide additional arguments against capital punishment.
The exoneration of Anthony Ray Hinton and the others prove that the system does work, however long it may take the wheels to grind.
But when the sentence is death and serious inequities exist, the stakes are simply too high.
It is time to end the death penalty.
See you along the Trail.