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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

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Staff Review: "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson


As a twenty-three-year-old Harvard law student, Stevenson had his first encounter with an inmate on death row. That meaningful encounter led him to commit his law career to representing the legally underrepresented: death row inmates, children sentenced to life without parole, and others marginalized by the system. He founded and currently serves as the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Through this book, which includes profiles of clients he has represented, Stevenson explores the structural inequities of the legal system and the challenges experienced by those with inadequate legal representation. I strongly recommend this thoughtful, sobering book, which at times reads like a legal thriller or a true crime novel, but the personal profiles keep the book grounded in reality. Fans of true crime or legal thrillers or those interested in social justice issues will appreciate this book.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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