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

by 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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Incredible.

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  MJSpice | Sep 22, 2022 |
Incredible.

Also if anyone wants to watch the movie, it will be available for free for the whole month of June 2020 on different streaming platforms.

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  MJSpice | Sep 22, 2022 |
This should be required reading for all human beings. ( )
  SarahMac314 | Aug 12, 2022 |
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One of the hardest and saddest books you will ever read because of how true every issue talked about in the book is so prominent in our daily lives. ( )
  DominiqueDavis | Aug 9, 2022 |
Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, which initially represented convicts on death row, many of whom it turned out were wrongfully convicted. Much of the book focuses on the case of Walter MacMillan, a black man convicted, based on fabricated evidence, of the murder of a white woman, a crime he clearly did not commit. The group also represents others whose convictions appear unjust or wrongful, such as children tried as adults and put away for life, without regard to extenuating circumstances, such as the poverty or abuse they may have suffered, or without regard for their capacity for redemption. Others he has represented have been those whose mental disabilities should also have warranted special consideration before imposing life sentences.

The book presents the compelling stories of many of the cases Bryan and his staff have represented, as well as a lot of statistical information and studies about crime and the justice system. It is truly and eye-opening and important book, and I highly recommend it if you are one of the few who have not gotten to it yet. ( )
  arubabookwoman | Jul 28, 2022 |
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Love is the motive, but justice is the instrument. -- Reinhold Niebuhr
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In memory of Alice Golden Stevenson, my mom
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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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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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