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BOOKS BY and about Death Row EXONEREES

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

  • Written by death row exoneree Anthony Ray Hinton

  • Oprah's Summer 2018 Book Club selection

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Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned (Second Edition)

  • Written by Richard Jaffe

  • Richard Jaffe represented four of the nine people who have been exonerated from death row in Alabama. Two of his defendants were WTI exonerees Randal Padgett and Gary Drinkard, who's cases are detailed in his book.


The Story of Dan Bright: Crime, Corruption, and Injustice in the Crescent City 

  • Written by Dan Bright with Justin Noble

  • "This incredible true story unflinchingly shows the injustice of the legal system, as well as the base corruption on display at Angola prison."

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Bloodsworth: the True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA

  • Written by Tim Junkin

  • Selected as the 2018 One Maryland One Book


Exonerated: The Sabrina Butler Story

  • Written by Sabrina Butler-Smith

  • Her memoir the story of the first woman exonerated from death row in the U.S.

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Execution's Doorstep: True Stories of the Innocent and Near Damned

  • Written by Leslie Lytle

  • Profiles the stories of Randal Padgett and Ron Keine

  • "Journalist Lytle brings the capital punishment debate into sharp focus with her account of five men wrongly convicted and sentenced to death but later freed."

  • Contact Ron Keine at RonKeine[at] to purchase a book at a discounted rate.

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Too Politically Sensitive: Since When Is Murder Too Politically Sensitive

  • Written by Michale Callahan

  • Chronicles the story of Randy Steidl

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Jingle Jangle: The Perfect Crime Turned Inside Out

  • Written by Jim Rix, cousin of death row exoneree Ray Krone

  • "A must for readers of true crime and anyone wondering why so many innocent people are convicted in America. The book satisfies from start to finish, from the opening of Ray Krone's horror story, through the compelling analysis of what went wrong and on to the startling conclusion." - Sister Helen Prejean

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The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice

  • Written by Bill Kurtis

  • Tells details of how two death row inmates, including Ray Krone, had been wrongly convicted

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Wrongful Convictions: A Comparative Perspective

  • An academic work written by Marvin Zalman

  • Ron Keine contributed to a chapter

Condemned: The Whole Story

  • First-hand account of Keith LaMar's experiences surrounding the Lucasville Prison Uprising of 1993

  • Features WTI member Derrick Jamison


The Deprived: Innocent on Death Row

  • "The book is based on interviews with 10 Americans who have all been affected by wrongful convictions and the death penalty."

  • Includes interviews from Kwame Ajamu, Derrick Jamison, Damon Thibodeaux, and Herman Lindsey.


Good Kids, Bad City

  • Written by Kyle Swenson, this book chronicles the wrongful convictions of Kwame Ajamu, Ricky Jackson, and Wiley Bridgeman.

  • It is "the true story of the longest wrongful imprisonment in the United States to end in exoneration and a critical social and political history of Cleveland, the city that convicted them."

  • Reviewed by the Washington Post, New York Times, and more

  • An Amazon Best Book, February 2019


Invitation to a Lynching

  • Written by Gene Miller and inspired by Freddie and Wilbert's case

  • Miller's reporting on Freddie and his co-defendant, Wilbert Lee, won him a Pulitzer Prize and helped to free Freddie and Wilbert from prison


Life After Death Row: The True Story of Glen Edward Chapman

  • Written by Ed Chapman and Alex Cury

  • "This is a story of police misconduct, irresponsible counsel and the team that worked together to prove Chapman's innocence and save his life."


A Stolen Life: The Debra Milke Story

  • Written by Jana Bommersbach

  • Bommersbach, an award winning journalist, tells the story of Debra Milke's tragic wrongful conviction.


Dead Man Walking

  • Written by Sister Helen Prejean, WTI Co-Founder

  • Sister Helen Prejean becomes the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana's Angola State Prison.


The Decline of the Death Penalty and The Discovery of Innocence

  • Award-winning book by Dr. Frank Baumgartner, Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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