Unfairly imprisoned by bigots

Just a reminder on Easter – Jesus exclaimed that how we treat the least of us is how we treat God. Even for the non-religious, that is a tremendous point to be made. 

Anthony Ray Hinton endured almost three decades behind bars, wrongly convicted by Alabama’s racist judiciary system. Here, he tells his incredible story

Anthony Ray Hinton was going out of his mind on Alabama’s death row as he repeatedly churned over the iniquities of the shambolic trial that put him there. So he started a book club.

The prison warden wasn’t keen but after Hinton told him that it was better to have inmates applying their minds to reading than to ways of causing disruption, he reluctantly agreed. The book club began with a handful of death row prisoners meeting in the jail’s law library, and for a few years the numbers grew as word spread that reading was as good an escape as any of them could expect. But then the numbers shrank again as each of the members was executed until only Hinton remained of the original group. His cell was so close to the electric chair he could smell the burning flesh of the men he’d been debating the writings of James Baldwin and Harper Lee with.


This point (treating the poor, the sick and the imprisoned with respect and humility) and the Golden Rule have allowed us to create a tremendously successful society.

It appears that so very few people in Alabama actually believe in the Golden Rule or the words of Jesus. At least those who are at the top of the hierarchy.

Image: Dave Scaglione