Thursday, December 31, 2020

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Book: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Author: 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.-Goodreads

Review: This was a mesmerizing, devastating and educational read about attorney Bryan Stevenson and his nonprofit law office. Stevenson highlights his path to becoming an attorney as well as many clients he's worked with over the years. I couldn't put it down. 

Grade: 5/5 

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