“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
In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestselling Just Mercy, which the New York Times describes as "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways, more so," one of the most important lawyers of our time delves deep into the broken US justice system.
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In this very personal work Bryan Stevenson recounts many and varied stories of his work as a lawyer in the US criminal justice system on behalf of those in society who have experienced some type of discrimination and/or have been wrongly accused of a crime and who deserve a powerful advocate and due justice under the law.
Through the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization Stevenson founded as a young lawyer and for which he currently serves as executive director, this important work continues. EJI strives to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to charity to help in Stevenson's important work to benefit the poor, the voiceless, and the vulnerable.
PRAISE FOR JUST MERCY: A TRUE STORY OF THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE: "It's really exciting that young people are getting a version tailored for them." --Salon
"A deeply moving collage of true stories. . . . This is required reading." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Compassionate and compelling, Stevenson's narrative is also unforgettable." --Booklist, starred review
PRAISE FOR JUST MERCY: A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION: "Important and compelling." --Pulitzer Prize-winning author TRACY KIDDER
"Gripping. . . . What hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation." --DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
"Inspiring and powerful." --#1 New York Times bestselling author JOHN GRISHAM
About the Author
Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has secured relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued several times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has won numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant. He lives in Alabama.