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A powerful, fluidly written narrative that is part true crime, part courtroom drama, part search for answers amidst the deep flaws of our justice system and the crushing burden faced by every prisoner re-entering society.
Beyond Innocence draws from Darryl Hunt’s journals and letters, court records and police reports, extensive case files, archival footage of court proceedings and ongoing news coverage, blended into a page-turning account that ultimately restores the full measure of Hunt’s humanity.
Beyond Innocence has the intimacy and power of Jeff Hobbs’s The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, and will appeal to readers of recent bestselling titles that examine the human cost of prosecutorial misconduct, racial bias, and the trauma of incarceration, among them Gilbert King’s Beneath a Ruthless Sun, Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, and James Forman, Jr.’s Locking Up Our Own.
After his exoneration, Hunt’s advocacy work was hailed by luminaries such as Reverend William Barber and founder of The Innocence Project, Barry Scheck. It led to reforms in North Carolina’s criminal justice system that exonerated numerous other prisoners.
Hunt’s story reached a wide public in 2006 through the award-winning HBO documentary The Trials of Darryl Hunt, released to rave reviews and still screened, especially in law schools.
We’re expecting blurbs from the likes of Timothy Tyson, Rev. William Barber, David Zucchino, and others in the social justice arena, as well as major media attention.