2014 . Non-fiction, Autobiography . Bryan Stevenson
An unforgettable true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America — from one of the most inspiring lawyers of our time. Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned. Just Mercy tells the story of EJI, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice. One of EJI’s first clients was Walter McMillian, a young Black man who was sentenced to die for the murder of a young white woman that he didn’t commit. The case exemplifies how the death penalty in America is a direct descendant of lynching — a system that treats the rich and guilty better than the poor and innocent.
Spiegel & Grau
0812994523 (ISBN13: 9780812994520)
2 months ago
Very eye opening
3 months ago
A civil rights lawyer and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.
6 months ago
Amazing book, highly recommend. Stevenson is a trailblazing lawyer who tells stories of his work fighting against unjust imprisonment, racial bias, wrongful sentencing, and to abolish capital punishment in the US. There’s also a movie based on the book.
7 months ago
Not an easy read but it’s heartbreaking to read about the human side of the death penalty
1 year ago
An elucidating look into the inequities and iniquities of the criminal justice system in America