Just Mercy

Just Mercy

A Story of Justice and Redemption

Book Club Kit - 2014 | First edition
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The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812994520
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB STEVENSO
Characteristics: 1 bag (8 books + 1 discussion guide)
Alternative Title: Book club kit


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Jul 28, 2019

"Why do we want to kill all the broken people?" Attorney Stevenson relates that, especially in capital punishment legal cases in which people of color, people with disabilities, and people with meager means are involved, it is tremendously difficult to "unring" legal bells, even when injustice and grave errors have been done.

Jul 26, 2019

Difficult Reads - Feb 2019

Hillsboro_JennyFl Jun 28, 2019

The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and sometimes it’s hard to sympathize with prisoners who are just faces behind bars. Stevenson manages to humanize them and help us to understand how the system has failed these people again and again. This is such an important, illuminating, and inspiring book. Bryan Stevenson is the real Atticus Finch!

Jun 16, 2019

This is a must-read! This book has many examples and stories of Bryan Stevenson and his team working hard to right the wrongs of the justice system. He has such a positive attitude, strong faith, and enthralling stories. I listened to the audiobook, read by the author.

Apr 19, 2019

What a powerful and moving book! It should definitely be read by law students and police academy students alike. Our justice system needs a big revamping. I learned so much and my heart was pulled out of my chest so many times during my reading of the book. God bless you, Mr. Stevenson, and give you strength for the battle!

Mar 22, 2019

I was assigned Just Mercy to read for a peer tutoring class I am in, where one of my all-time favorite teachers was hoping to educate us on social justice issues in our country. Not only did Just Mercy educate us, it really opens your eyes and heart to injustices that have survived in our country for way too long. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking to learn more about the world around them, it is an amazing book. I would also recommend this book for teachers to bring into the classroom and expose students to ideas and facts they may have never heard of before.

Nov 06, 2018

JUST MERCY is one of the most powerful and thought-provoking books I have ever read. This heartbreaking and inspiring memoir by Bryan Stevenson deals with multiple issues that still affect our country today. These include: race, class, poverty, mental illness, education, and a broken justice system. I defy anyone to read JUST MERCY and not be moved.

Oct 23, 2018

This book uses a series of case studies to explore the practice of incarceration in the United States. It is written by a lawyer - Bryan Stevenson, who works with Death Row prisoners in Alabama. Reading this book was an eye-opening experience that left me in an almost constant state of outrage from cover to cover. I would have even questioned much of it if it weren't for the well documented notes in the back. I have since gone on to watch several talks and speeches he has made about his work and I have found him to be a smart, gentle, compassionate man who has really interesting things to say about justice and mercy in society. The book is not overly technical or filled with legal jargon. It is very readable and packed full of information.

Aug 23, 2018

Great book. This is a must read for learning more about the injusticies of the legal system. Bryan stevenson is a truely incredibly person.

Jun 10, 2018

Stevenson should run for public office. He is someone who really supports the underrepresented, poor people in our country. The prison system, esp the private prison systems in the southern US, systematically apprehend and prosecute people to the fullest of the law often disregarding evidence of innocence. Learning the devastation of juvenile and adult lives brought tears to my eyes. Stevenson has committed his life to bringing justice to those falsely accused or given sentences in excess for crimes committed. He pushes back on our system that incarcerates people of color out of proportion and for minor or trumped up offenses. He works tirelessly and seems like a saint. Could not put this book down.

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Nov 06, 2018

“You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close,” - p. 14

Nov 06, 2018

“…the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.” - p. 18

Nov 06, 2018

“The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving. It’s when mercy is least expected that it’s most potent—strong enough to break the cycle of victimization and victimhood, retribution and suffering. It has the power to heal the psychic harm and injuries that lead to aggression and violence, abuse of power, mass incarceration.” - p. 294

DBRL_ReginaF Mar 10, 2018

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”

Nov 03, 2016

My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.

Apr 16, 2016

"...capital punishment means 'them without the capital get the punishment.'" -- p. 6 Steve Bright, director of Southern Prisoners Defense Committee


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Nov 03, 2016

As a young law student, Bryan Stevenson was somewhat adrift at Harvard Law School, unsure of his direction or his future. He wanted to do something that would help people, but he was having trouble connecting his theoretical education with meaningful action. Then, an internship at the Southern Prisoner’s Defence Committee led to work helping inmates on death row in the Deep South. Most of these prisoners were indigent, and could not afford legal counsel to help review or appeal their cases. The experience made a profound impression, and led him to found the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama in 1994. Stevenson would go on to appeal countless death sentences, and challenge the practice of sentencing minors to life without parole. Just Mercy recounts his experiences representing people who have been written off by society.


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