Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

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.

Title:Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780812994520
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    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Reviews

  • John Grisham

    Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South. Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Bryan Stevenson, however, is very muc...

  • Jennifer Masterson

    Re-read. This time via audio. Bryan Stevenson is in the Netflix documentary the 13th. I just watched it. I highly recommend it!I'm late to the party so there is not much for me to say about this book ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    UPDATE....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 act...

  • Justin Tate

    Compared to average white folk, I would consider myself more aware of, and sensitive to, the relentless injustices that plague our country. Still, this book got me fired up.It’s pretty straight forw...

  • Lawyer

    Just Mercy: Following the Road Less Taken Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption was chosen as a Group Read for June, 2015, by On the Southern Literary Trail. My special thanks to Jane, my go...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    4 stars! What a powerful and inspiring book! Please note, if this was a review of the author, Bryan Stevenson's, career and life story, my rating would be 5+ stars. Words cannot adequately describe ho...

  • J.L.   Sutton

    “My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.” Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in th...

  • Carol

    I often think that my grandparents and parents lived in interesting times. They saw so many things come about in their day. Theirs were exciting times. Women won the right to vote, slaves were freed, ...

  • Snotchocheez

    Well, I suspect it'll drag you kicking and screaming from your happy place, but I defy you to read Bryan Stevenson's remarkable Just Mercy and not come away affected in some way. If you are at all int...

  • Liz

    “Mercy is just when it is rooted in hopefulness and freely given.”Let me be honest. I would never have picked this book to read on my own. But it was my church book club selection. This is a power...