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Just Mercy A Story of Justice and RedemptionAn unforgettable true story A Story ePUB #8608 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 timeBryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Eual Justice Initiative a nonprofit law office in Montgomery Alabama dedicated to defending the poor the incarcerated and t. Re read This time via audio Bryan Stevenson is in the Netflix documentary the 13th I just watched it I highly recommend itI'm late to the party so there is not much for me to say about this book that has not already been said What I will say is that This is a Very Important Book If you have not read it you must It should be reuired reading for high school I had no idea the injustice that occurred in this country when it came to death row I live in a state in which the death penalty was abolished I still can't get it out of my head that a judge in Alabama can override a jury's verdict for life in prison to a death sentence to this very day Bryan Stevenson is an incredible man for all that he has done for death row inmates They are making this into a movie I'm so glad they arePut it at the very very top of your to read list It's that important

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He wrongly condemnedJust Mercy tells the story of EJI from the Just Mercy PDF 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 injusticeOne of. Compared to average white folk I would consider myself aware of and sensitive to the relentless injustices that plague our country Still this book got me fired upIt’s pretty straight forward Bryan Stevenson a lawyer for Eual Justice Initiative casually describes some of the situations he’s been in and cases he’s represented His legal practice focuses on defending the wrongly condemned unusually condemned or otherwise victims of the state Many of the cases described are the result of intentional racism but many others are just examples of the disgusting criminal justice laws that continue to exist Race isn’t always a factor Children women poor whites and many others are also mixed up in this world of capitalist imprisonmentThis isn’t a book solely on the bygone errors of 50 years ago although some history certainly plays into it By and large it’s extremely current extremely relevant and horrifyingMajor kudos to Stevenson by the way for not degrading these accounts with personal rants He doesn’t shy away from pointing out the blatant errors of our nation’s laws but overall the book reads very calm And I suppose that makes sense For him this is his daily life Representing innocent people who may have spent decades behind bars or on death row is his bread and butter It’s probably not even all that shocking to him any that this happensTo be fair it’s probably not that shocking to persons of color either These injustices are so common in marginalized communities that this isn’t new information It’s just life The best thing about this book is probably that it got popular enough that privileged classes are reading it I think we probably all know that our criminal justice system is a joke but until you start reading about the individual people destroyed by it it’s hard to understand how deep the problems runThe only slight negative I’ll say is that structurally it’s somewhat difficult to keep track of everyone Walter is the main story and I suspect the central focus in the movie although I haven’t seen it yet but intermixed with him are many others who sometimes jumble together Listening to the audio version made it easier to keep track I think and Bryan does a flawless job narrating his own book But I have read some others critiue the structure and I would tend to agree with them on thatStill overall a must read Even for those who think they already know how bad our system is

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Read ☆ Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ ✽ Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption kindle Epub ❁ Author Bryan Stevenson – An unforgettable true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us aEJI’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 Mercy A Story PDFEPUB #227 The case exemplifies how the death penalty in America is a direct descendant of lynching a system Mercy A Story of Justice PDFEPUB or that treats the rich and guilty better than the poor and innocen. 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 and medical advancements were plenty It was the time of The Industrial Revolution electricity the telephone planes trains and automobiles so to speak I tend to downplay the important breakthroughs of my life and times Television Computers a second industrial revolution of Technology several wars the uest for Space and The Civil Rights Movement I have always gone back and forth in my opinion about capital punishment and the death penalty The older I get the I read the I lean to the correctness and reasoning for its abolishment in our state I haven’t come to this decision lightly; it’s a real struggle for me Perhaps this conflict of soul is why books such as Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption interest me so muchBryan Stevenson didn’t start out walking the path to where he is today While a student at Eastern University in Pennsylvania he thought he might choose a career in music or sports He majored in political science and philosophy and eventually decided on law school While a student at Harvard in the early 80’s Stevenson participated in an internship in Atlanta Georgia with The Southern Prisoners Defense Committee SPDC relating to race and poverty During this time he spent many hours seeking appeals for inmates on death row ”I wasn’t prepared to meet a condemned man” I had never seen the inside of a maximum security prison and certainly had never been on death row”Steve Bright the head of the project met his plane He told Bryan ”Capital punishment means ‘them without the capital get the punishment’ We can’t help people on death row without help from people like you”It came time for Stevenson to meet one of the men in a case they were working on Can you imagine this inexperienced twenty three year old driving himself to this high security prison to meet with a man convicted of murder and sentenced to die Stevenson knew little about capital punishment and had not taken a class in criminal procedure He wasn’t even certain he wanted to be a lawyer or confident that he could make a difference in the race or poverty issues that motivated him thus far It is here that his course is set and his lifetime work begins even if he was not uite aware of the full impact as yet His mission was to be to assure the inmate that he could not be executed anytime soon He meets Henry and ends up apologizing admitting he is just a law student After the initial awkwardness they go on to talk for three hours about anything and everything When it’s time to leave Henry just asks that Stevenson come back again As Henry leaves the visitation room he sings a part of the hymn On Higher Ground I’m pressing on the upward wayNew heights I’m gaining every day;Still praying as I’m onward bound“Lord plant my feet on higher ground” Lord lift me up and let me standBy faith on Heaven’s tablelandA higher plane than I have found;Lord plant my feet on higher groundAfter finishing his degree Stevenson begins taking on cases One that is documented in detail is that of Walter McMillan a black man accused of murdering a white woman There are many others In my experience of listening to the author narrate his book I couldn’t help but shake my head at the wrongness of many of the convictions There were times when I had to stop listening and needed to wipe away the tears at man’s inhumanity to man Mental illness children tried as adults poverty and race played a large part in many of the cases explored Joe Sullivan was one of the cases of a sentence of life imprisonment without parole given to a juvenile Joe was just 13 when convicted in Florida to death His case did not involve a killing though it was a serious crime In preparing Joe for his appeal trial Joe wants to recite a poem but can’t remember the last line After much time he finally says ”Oh wait I think the last lineactually uh; I think the last line is just what I said I think the last line is just “I’m a good person”” So is Bryan StevensonAnother case reviewed is that of Louis Taylor just 16 in a moment of poor choice visits a happy hour in a local hotel An article in The Washington Post The State of Euality and Justice in America The Presumption of Guilt outlines what happens after Taylor serves 42 years in prisonBryan Stevenson establishes The Eual Justice Initiative a non profit in Montgomery Alabama that represents wrongful convictions and has won many exonerations This is a book that will stay with me It is an important book Though I listened I plan to purchase a hardbound edition for our local library It is one we should own I also plan to make a donation to The Eual Justice Initiative That just seems right In the end it became a matter of just justice than just mercy for me That is all I wanted Just Justice