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Sunny Jacobs & Peter Pringle

Sonia 'Sunny' Jacobs and Peter Pringle each served years on death row—Jacobs 17 years in the United States and Pringle 15 years in Ireland. Both were exonerated after their convictions were overturned for murders that they did not commit. They attribute much of their strength and survival to the yoga and meditation practices they developed in prison. They met at an Amnesty International meeting while both publicly campaigning against the death penalty and soon fell in love. Their wedding in late 2011 was perhaps the first of its kind: the union of two exonerated death row inmates. Sunny and Peter are inspirational messagers against the death penalty; campaigning for human rights and for reminding us of the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity, suffering and injustice. They live in the beautiful Connemara region in the west of Ireland and travel worldwide telling their story and shining a light for peace, justice and healing. They welcome your support. 

Sonia 'Sunny' Jacobs (64)was sentenced to death at the age of 28 for the murder of two police officers in Florida. When she was imprisoned, her two young children were cast into the  foster care system. Nearly 17 years after her arrest, Sunny’s conviction was overturned on appeal. Her story, along with those of five other wrongfully convicted death row inmates, became The Exonerated, a play put on by the nonprofit theater, The Culture Project. Sunny is the author of Stolen Time: One Woman’s Inspiring Story as an Innocent Condemned to Death.

'An extraordinary and inspirational story. Sunny Jacobs is a remarkable woman'
- Susan Sarandon, Actress

Peter Pringle (73) was accused of being one of three men who had murdered two police officers following a bank robbery in Ireland. After his conviction, he had been sentenced to be hanged. Just days before a noose was tied around his neck, Pringle learned that Ireland’s president had commuted his sentence to 40 years without parole. Pringle then immersed himself into legal books and effectively became a "jailhouse lawyer." Serving as his own counsel, Pringle successfully pleaded his case, leading the Court of Criminal Appeal to quash his conviction. He is a human rights and anti-death penalty activist.

- Text adapted from Democracy Now

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Watch the Democracy Now interview 

November 23rd, 2011

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