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.
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I just stepped out of the theater seeing this film!!!
It’s absolutely extraordinary… Incredible…
I can’t recommend it highly enough. I hope it wins best picture of the year… Best actors… Best everything!!!!!
…..it was DEEPLY POWERFUL!!!!
“We must reform a system of criminal justice that continues to treat people better if they are rich and guilty than if they are poor and innocent”.
“Capital murder requires an intent to kill, and there was a persuasive argument that there was no intent to kill in this case and that poor healthcare had caused the victims death.
Most gunshot victims don’t die after nine months, and it was surprising that the state was seeking the death penalty in this case.”
Bryan Stevenson’s book “JUST MERCY. A Story of Justice and Redemption” is written by a sincere caring man… ( HE WALKS THE WALK THAT HE TALKS).
A couple of years ago I read “The New Jim Crow”: MASS INCARCERATION in the Age of
Colorblindness. It was maybe the most revolutionary book — ( an opening for transformation),
to date on the subject…but I had such a challenging time getting past the authors style of writing. Her delivery was very harsh…very cold .. and she seemed to be bitching half the time
of not wanting to writ the book…( busy with her kids at home), and making ‘me’ feel wrong.
I felt attacked at times …and didn’t appreciate her ‘delivery’. At the same time 80% of the people in my local book club, ( 30 people), thought her book was the greatest book to date on this subject.
Maybe it was.
Yet… I think THIS book shows MUCH MORE sincere heart and compassion. Barry Stevenson is
Sensitive – caring …..and there is nothing egotistical about it
The stories in here can make you tremble- and cry. It’s a sad disturbing fact of our life…
People have been sexually and physically abused as children, poor medical care for victims, drug addictions, trauma, humiliation, wrongly accused… ( dangers & dysfunctions in our prisons)…
We live in a society ‘still’, with injustice, ignorance, and bigotry. People are fearful and angry.
Many blessings – ( THANK YOU …THANK YOU.. *Bryan*), for your life dedication and work.
Not many people would do the work that he does. It’s not only this book which is
AMAZING — AMAZING… ( very easy & engaging to read), but it’s Bryan’s life work that
must be acknowledged.
Once again… “WE MUST REFORM A SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE THAT CONTINUES
TO TREAT PEOPLE BETTER IF THEY ARE RICH AND GUILTY THAN IN THEY ARE POOR
**Thank you to my several Goodreads friends who read this book before me… and sharing your
Thoughts… feelings … ( pain & passion on this subject).
About Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Author
Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.