Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, authored by Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Executive Director Bryan Stevenson, is a New York Times Bestseller. The non-fiction book tells the story of EJI, which is based in Montgomery, Ala., and the important work it does in the pursuit of human rights and the advancement of justice. EJI is a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who believe they have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.
Brian has been recognized nationally for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. He has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. Just Mercy is described by publisher Random House as:
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.
Bryan Stevenson was a young 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 machinations, 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 justice.
Among its core missions, EJI works on behalf of children who have been sentenced as adults and sent to adult prisons; for those who have been sentenced to the death penalty, to help correct the serious legal errors that “infect the administration of capital punishment;” to address race and poverty in America and the astounding number of black men who are incarcerated; as well as working for prison and sentencing reform. Bryan and the Equal Justice Initiative do an excellent job for the folks they serve. I recommend this book.
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