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BOOKS AND FILMS BY and about EXONEREES

Many death row exonerees have written or been the subject of books and films discussing their harrowing experiences.

These works are important to our collective education about the flaws and injustices of the criminal justice system. To learn more, click on the links below.​

The Gathering

  • Film by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Micki Dickoff about the story of Witness to Innocence

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

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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  • Documentary by Luis Rosario Albert

  • Initially released as part of the HBO-sponsored 10th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival

  • Stream for free on YouTube

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

Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man

  • Documentary directed by Gregory Bayne

  • "The remarkable true story of the 1st death row inmate exonerated by DNA in the U.S."

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.

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]Yahoo.com to purchase a book at a discounted rate.

Too Politically Sensitive: Since When Is Murder Too Politically Sensitive

  • Written by Michale Callahan

  • Chronicles the story of Randy Steidl

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

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

Wrongful Convictions: A Comparative Perspective

  • An academic work written by Marvin Zalman

  • Ron Keine contributed to a chapter

Surviving Death Row: The Resurrection Club

  • A short documentary about death row exonerees Albert Burrell, Shujaa Graham, Ron Keine, and Greg Wilhoit

  • Directed by Alvaro Corcuera and Guillermo Abril

  • Free with Amazon Prime

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.