Just Mercy

A Story of Justice an Redemption

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.

Source: https://justmercy.eji.org/responsive/#book

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2014

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Won the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction by the American Library Association and the book was awarded the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction.

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7.9 /10
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7.9 /10
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7.9 /10
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7.9 /10
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7.9 /10
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7.9 /10
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Just Mercy is an easy read—a work of style, substance, and clarity. Mixing commentary and reportage, he adroitly juxtaposes triumph and failure, neither of which is in short supply, against an unfolding backdrop of the saga of Walter McMillian. Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he’s also a gifted writer and storyteller. His memoir should find an avid audience among players in the legal system—jurists, prosecutors, defense lawyers, legislators, academics, journalists—and especially anyone contemplating a career in criminal justice.

 

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Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer

A 1985 graduate of Harvard, with both a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a JD from the School of Law, Bryan Stevenson joined the clinical faculty at New York University School of Law in 1998.

Since 1989, he has been executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a private, nonprofit law organization he founded that focuses on social justice and human rights in the context of criminal justice reform in the United States.

He has also published several widely disseminated manuals on capital litigation and written extensively on criminal justice, capital punishment and civil rights issues. He is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller Just Mercy, which won the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Best Non-Fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction.

Source: http://its.law.nyu.edu/facultyprofiles/index.cfm?fuseaction=profile.biography&personid=20315

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