Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption (#0628FQ1)

by Stevenson, Bryan

7 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover Spiegel & Grau, 2014
Price: USD 25.55
Description: x, 336 pages ; 25 cm
Dewey: 353.4; Audience: Adult
RC 10.7 24; LEX 1130L


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Paperback Spiegel & Grau, 2015

USD 15.87

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-336).;Introduction : higher ground -- Mockingbird players -- Stand -- Trials and tribulation -- The old rugged cross -- Of the coming of John -- Surely doomed -- Justice denied -- All God's children -- I'm here -- Mitigation -- I'll fly away -- Mother, mother -- Recovery -- Cruel and unusual -- Broken -- The stonecatchers' song of sorrow -- Epilogue. 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.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
  • Publication Date: October 21, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: 353.4
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: x, 336 pages ; 25 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-8129-9452-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8129-9452-0
  • Follett Number: 0628FQ1
  • Audience: Adult
  • Reading Counts Level: 10.7
  • Reading Counts Points: 24
  • Lexile: 1130L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 10/15/14
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 09/01/14
  • Library Journal, 10/01/14
  • Library Journal starred, 07/01/16
  • New York Times, 10/19/14
  • Publishers Weekly, 09/29/14
  • School Library Journal starred, 02/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (October 15, 2014 (Vol. 111, No. 4))
As a young Harvard law student testing himself in an internship in Georgia, Stevenson visited death-row inmates and saw firsthand the injustices suffered by the poor and disadvantaged, how too many had been railroaded into convictions with inadequate legal representation. The visit made such an impression on Stevenson that he started the Equal Justice Institute in Montgomery, Alabama. One of his first clients was Walter McMillian, a young black man accused of murdering a white woman and imprisoned on death row even before he was tried. Stevenson alternates chapters on the shocking miscarriage of justice in McMillian’s case, including police and prosecutorial misconduct, with other startling cases. The war on drugs and tough-on-crime political postures have resulted in hundreds of juveniles sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for nonhomicidal offenses. Among the cases Stevenson cites: a 14-year-old condemned to death for killing his mother’s abusive boyfriend and a mentally ill adolescent girl condemned to life in prison for second-degree murder for the death of young boys killed in a fire she started accidentally. Through these cases and others, Stevenson details changes in victims’ rights, incarceration of juveniles, death penalty reforms, inflexible sentencing laws, and the continued practices of injustice that see too many juveniles, minorities, and mentally ill people imprisoned in a frenzy of mass incarceration in the U.S. A passionate account of the ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged.

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