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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (2014)

de Bryan Stevenson

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The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
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  eshaundo | Jan 7, 2023 |
Should be required reading for all Americans. ( )
  ms_rowse | Dec 24, 2022 |
I was excited to read this because I heard the author speak at a conference last year, and he was the most inspiring speaker there. His writing was just as powerful. This is an eye-opening book, a book to fire you up and get you thinking. Highly recommended.

2021 reread: I reread this for a class and was glad I did. I’d forgotten a lot of it in the seven years since I first read it, and it was really worth revisiting. It’s heartbreaking and inspiring, and a book everyone should read. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
Stevenson is a lawyer who defends people others won't, especially those on death row who are either innocent or deserve another trial due to bad representation or new evidence. This book will make you think twice about the death penalty. A powerful read. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Dec 11, 2022 |
Engrossing and provocative memoir from a lawyer who founded a nonprofit organization, the Equal Justice Initiative, to advocate for prisoners in Alabama. The primary focus of this book is the case of Walter McMillan, unjustly accused, convicted, and sentenced to death, and how the author ultimately exonerated this obviously innocent man. The author expands the scope through other case studies to highlight issues surrounding the need for reform in the American justice system, such as racial bias, the “find a culprit” and “win at all costs” mentality, the “rubber stamp” appeals process, people in prison without access to legal counsel, the plight of children who have been tried as adults and sentenced to adult prisons, prisons being used to “solve” drug addiction and mental illness.

It raises many important questions, such as:
• Is capital punishment a good answer? The author thinks not and has many compelling arguments against it, especially in view of how many innocent people have previously served time on death row.

• Why are we so keen to try children as adults? Children are regularly being abused in adult jails and prisons. Just because this young person has committed a crime, does that mean they lose protection from predators?

• There are glaring inadequacies of the appeals process, in this case begging the question as to whether anyone even gave the McMillan case another look or just declined the appeal as matter of course. How can this be? Do we even CARE if we convicted the wrong person?

• Should prisons become a wasteland for people with drug problems and mental illness? Shouldn’t we be trying to help these people?

This book contains important messages and raises awareness of issues that need to be addressed. The only detractor, for me, was the flow: It jumps around quite a bit between different stories and there are some scenes that do not advance the narrative. Recommended for book clubs or those interested in learning more about problems with the American justice system. Contains graphic descriptions of crimes and executions.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
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Love is the motive, but justice is the instrument. -- Reinhold Niebuhr
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[Introduction] I wasn't prepared to meet a condemned man.
The temporary receptionist was an elegant African American woman wearing a dark, expensive business suit--a well-dressed exception to the usual crowd at the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee (SPDC) in Atlanta, where I had returned after graduation to work full time.
[Postscript] On a warm Good Friday morning, I walked out of a Birimingham jail with an innocent man who had been condemned on Alabama's death row for nearly thirty years.
[Author's Note] With more than two million incarcerated people in the United States, an additional six million people on probation or paraole and an estimated sixty-eight million Americans with criminal records, there are endless opportunities for you to do something about criminal justice policy or help the incarcerated or formerly incarcerated.
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