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Stevenson opens with the story of his beginnings as an unsure law student and intern. It wasn’t till his meeting of key mentors, like Betsy Bartholomew, a law professor who worked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and later Steven Bright, director of the Southern Prisoners Defense Committe(SPDC), that he found his passion in criminal law and racial inequality.
He tells the moving story of being an inexperienced law intern for SPDC and assigned to meet his first death row client, where his sole task is to tell Henry that he will not be executed in the next year.
He comes into the meeting feeling nervous and unprepared, but Henry is passionately relieved by the news that he won’t be exceuted in the next year.
They end up talking for 3 hours, losing track of time, until the guard interrupts their session. As the guard forcefully and painfully cuffs Henry and pushes him out, there is a poignant moment as Henry begins to sing a Southern spiritual song singing “Lord, plant my feet on Higher Ground.
“Experiences like these gave sudden life and purpose to studying law and Stevenson realized that all his life he was struggling with the question of “how and why people are judged unfairly.”
Stevenson describes his upbringing in the Southern and racially segregated rural counties of Delaware. His grandmother was the daughter of enslaved people, and she imprinted an important lesson, and she imprinted an important lesson onto Stevenson that “You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance…. You have to get close.
Stevenson came to see that this closeness for him was the fight for justice of those judged unfairly. Stevenson outlines the great mass incarceration industrial complex and the extreme punishment so often delivered without fairness.
We’ve gone from 300,000 people in prison in the 1970s to 2.3 million today.. 1 of 15 born in 2001 will go to prison, while 1 of 3 back babies born in this century will go to prison.
Laws have made it increasingly easier to try children as adults and deliver life sentences without parole. The war on drugs has increased the number of prisoners for drug offenses from 41,000 in 1980 to half a million today.
On top of this, collateral consequences on the incarcerated have included banning their access to food stamps (even for poor women wanting to feed their chidren), public housing assistance or simply taking residence in your family’s place or prior community, as well as voter disenfranchisement which for African Americans in some Southern states has reached levels only present prior to the voting Rights Act of 1965.
The cost of mass incarceration has skyrocketed from $6.9 billion spent by the government in 1980 to $80 billion today. On top of this, the privatization of the prison industry leads to a vasted interest in profiteering off mass incarceration. Stevenson still offers a sense of hope, “that there is light within this darkness, he says in speaking about the case of Walter McMillian, a black man wrongly convicted on death row.
His case which will be covered in this book, highlights the “disturbing indifference to inaccurate or unreliable verdicts.” Stevenson ultimately concludes with the vital lesson he’s taken that “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever more than the worst things we’ve ever done.
The opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice, he says. He concludes that a character of society and a nation is not how the treat the highest rungs of society but “how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.” “An absence of compassion can corrupt the decency of a community, a state, a nation.”
Description of Just Mercy PDF
A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice — from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
Named One Of The Most Influential Book Of The Decade By Cnn. Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times. The Washington Post. The Boston Globe. The Seattle Times. Esquire. Time.
Bryan Stevenson was a yong lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system.
One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship-and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction. Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award.
Finalist for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize. Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize. An American Library Association Noteble Book
Contents on Just Mercy PDF
Chapter 1 : Mockingbird Players
Chapter 2 : Stand
Chapter 3 : Trials and Tribulation
Chapter 4 : The Old Rugged Cross
Chapter 5 : Of the Coming of John
Chapter 6 : Surely Doomed
Chapter 7 : Justice Denied
Chapter 8 : All God’s Children
Chapter 9 : I’m Here
Chapter 10 : Mitigation
Chapter 11 : I’ll Fly Away
Chapter 12 : Mother, Mother
Chapter 13 : Recovery
Chapter 14 : Cruel and Unusual
Chapter 15 : Broken
Chapter 16 : The Stonecatchers’ Song of Sorrow
Book’s Name : Just Mercy PDF
Author :Bryan Stevenson
Original language : English
Size Of PDF : 10.3 MB
Number of Pages : 138 Pages
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