Just Mercy

Just Mercy

A Story of Justice and Redemption

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. : 2014. Scribe,
ISBN: 9781925106381
Branch Call Number: ANF 362.586 STEV
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 24 cm

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cknightkc
Nov 06, 2018

JUST MERCY is one of the most powerful and thought-provoking books I have ever read. This heartbreaking and inspiring memoir by Bryan Stevenson deals with multiple issues that still affect our country today. These include: race, class, poverty, mental illness, education, and a broken justice system. I defy anyone to read JUST MERCY and not be moved.

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becker
Oct 23, 2018

This book uses a series of case studies to explore the practice of incarceration in the United States. It is written by a lawyer - Bryan Stevenson, who works with Death Row prisoners in Alabama. Reading this book was an eye-opening experience that left me in an almost constant state of outrage from cover to cover. I would have even questioned much of it if it weren't for the well documented notes in the back. I have since gone on to watch several talks and speeches he has made about his work and I have found him to be a smart, gentle, compassionate man who has really interesting things to say about justice and mercy in society. The book is not overly technical or filled with legal jargon. It is very readable and packed full of information.

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KMertes89
Aug 23, 2018

Great book. This is a must read for learning more about the injusticies of the legal system. Bryan stevenson is a truely incredibly person.

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peacebenow
Jun 10, 2018

Stevenson should run for public office. He is someone who really supports the underrepresented, poor people in our country. The prison system, esp the private prison systems in the southern US, systematically apprehend and prosecute people to the fullest of the law often disregarding evidence of innocence. Learning the devastation of juvenile and adult lives brought tears to my eyes. Stevenson has committed his life to bringing justice to those falsely accused or given sentences in excess for crimes committed. He pushes back on our system that incarcerates people of color out of proportion and for minor or trumped up offenses. He works tirelessly and seems like a saint. Could not put this book down.

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wendyfath
Apr 02, 2018

This is an incredibly convincing critique and expose' of the American judicial system. This is not just a book for those interested in justice; it's a book that all citizens should read.

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orange_lobster_23
Mar 15, 2018

Anyone who has heard Bryan Stephenson speak about the horrible inequities in the
criminal justice system can't help but be moved and angered. The reader feels drawn into
every court case and involved with each conclusion. A must read for everyone.

DBRL_ReginaF Mar 10, 2018

Of all the book on our justice system that I have read, this is one of the very best. It definitely puts a human face on it case after heartbreaking case.

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cassandraydrain
Aug 18, 2017

SEND TO THE LINDEN LIBRARY AND THE PEOPLE WILL LET THE ORDER BE FOR THE PERSON ORDERING THE BOOK

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kpelish
Jul 17, 2017

A concentrated, unblinking story of the Deep South and its enduring struggle with surmounting slavery/racism, told through the legal system. The author defends the unjustly accused Walter McMillian, who gets railroaded into Death Row when he should never have been there in the first place. This is a deeply personal story and the author describes his own feelings of incompetence as he starts off his legal career, nearly overwhelmed by his caseload. He bravely persisted and has achieved a solid non-profit foundation to help those most in need.

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vGibson
Jul 08, 2017

Excellent book. It was very educational about the history of racial injustice in the South and the racial injustices in the criminal justice system. The stories given about real people will break your heart and you won't be able to put the book down once you start it. The author is an amazing person and I am thankful that he wrote this book.

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cknightkc
Nov 06, 2018

“You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close,” - p. 14

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cknightkc
Nov 06, 2018

“…the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.” - p. 18

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cknightkc
Nov 06, 2018

“The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving. It’s when mercy is least expected that it’s most potent—strong enough to break the cycle of victimization and victimhood, retribution and suffering. It has the power to heal the psychic harm and injuries that lead to aggression and violence, abuse of power, mass incarceration.” - p. 294

DBRL_ReginaF Mar 10, 2018

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”

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shayshortt
Nov 03, 2016

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.

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OutsideTheBox
Apr 16, 2016

"...capital punishment means 'them without the capital get the punishment.'" -- p. 6 Steve Bright, director of Southern Prisoners Defense Committee

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shayshortt
Nov 03, 2016

As a young law student, Bryan Stevenson was somewhat adrift at Harvard Law School, unsure of his direction or his future. He wanted to do something that would help people, but he was having trouble connecting his theoretical education with meaningful action. Then, an internship at the Southern Prisoner’s Defence Committee led to work helping inmates on death row in the Deep South. Most of these prisoners were indigent, and could not afford legal counsel to help review or appeal their cases. The experience made a profound impression, and led him to found the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama in 1994. Stevenson would go on to appeal countless death sentences, and challenge the practice of sentencing minors to life without parole. Just Mercy recounts his experiences representing people who have been written off by society.

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