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

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

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“The history of incarceration in America is deeply colored by our history of racism and poverty. Stevenson's work providing legal aid to death row inmates exposes truly inhumane, unjust practices and astonishing legal carelessness often fueled by outright prejudice. Just Mercy does not stop at reportage, but examines the costs to the individual, the family, the community, and society at large of these practices. This is a powerful book about one man's efforts to address injustice and a clarion call for reform not just for those imprisoned, but for a society that has lost its way.”
— Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA

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          BRYAN STEVENSON is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama,   a private, nonprofit human rights organization, helping the poor, the incarcerated, the condemned, and children, he is also professor of law at New York University School of Law and received the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color.

          In his provocative book “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” Stevenson declares that without equal justice in our country, we cannot have equality.  The book opens when Stevenson agrees to take on the case of Walter McMillan a black man on death row 15 months before his case goes to trial. Strike one for equal justice. Stevenson is contacted by the judge and told not to take the case.  Strike two.

          Strike three is when Stevenson scratches the surface of evidence and finds overwhelming evidence of Walter’s innocence, including dozens of witness who were with Walter 11 miles away from the crime scene at the time of the murder. 

          Stevenson’s work on other cases involving death row sentences—often given to innocent people or children tried as adults—are interspersed in the longer narrative of Walter McMillan’s abhorrent treatment, in Monroeville, Alabama where Atticus Finch graces the town square,  by a system that presumes innocence. 

          With prison populations at unprecedented levels and dozens of inmates falsely accused on death row, this timely book has the driving narrative of a Michael Connelly crime novel. And like Connelly's books, "Just Mercy" will change the way you read the headlines and see the world.

Sarah's review first appeared on 89.1 KMUW. 


— Sarah Bagby

Product Details ISBN: 9789863443483
ISBN-10: 9863443484
Publisher: Mai Tian/Tsai Fong Books
Publication Date: June 4th, 2016
Pages: 432
Language: Chinese