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Interest me so muchBryan Stevenson didn t start out walking the path to where he is today While a student at Eastern University in Pennsylvania he thought he might choose a career in music or sports He majored in political science and philosophy and eventually decided on law school While a student at Harvard in the early 80 s Stevenson participated in an internship in Atlanta Georgia with The Southern Prisoners Defense Committee SPDC relating to race and poverty During this time he spent many hours seeking appeals for inmates on death row I wasn t prepared to meet a condemned man I had never seen the inside of a maximum security prison and certainly had never been on death row Steve Bright the head of the project met his plane He told Bryan Capital punishment means them without the capital get the punishment We can t help people on death row without help from people like ou It came time for Stevenson to meet one of the men in a case they were working on Can Gutter Kisses and a Hug on Garbage Day you imagine this inexperienced twenty threeear old driving himself to this high security prison to meet with a man convicted of murder and sentenced to die Stevenson knew little about capital punishment and had not taken a class in criminal procedure He wasn t even certain he wanted to be a lawyer or confident that he could make a difference in the race or poverty issues that motivated him thus far It is here that his course is set and his lifetime work begins even if he was not uite aware of the full impact as et His mission was to be to assure the inmate that he could not be executed anytime soon He meets Henry and ends up apologizing admitting he is just a law student After the initial awkwardness they go on to talk for three hours about anything and everything When it s time to leave Henry just asks that Stevenson come back again As Henry leaves the visitation room he sings a part of the hymn On Higher Ground I m pressing on the upward wayNew heights I m gaining every day Still praying as I m onward bound Lord plant my feet on higher ground Lord lift me up and let me standBy faith on Heaven s tablelandA higher plane than I have found Lord plant my feet on higher groundAfter finishing his degree Stevenson begins taking on cases One that is documented in detail is that of Walter McMillan a black man accused of murdering a white woman There are many others In my experience of listening to the author narrate his book I couldn t help but shake my head at the wrongness of many of the convictions There were times when I had to stop listening and needed to wipe away the tears at man s inhumanity to man Mental illness children tried as adults poverty and race played a large part in many of the cases explored Joe Sullivan was one of the cases of a sentence of life imprisonment without parole given to a juvenile Joe was just 13 when convicted in Florida to death His case did not involve a killing though it was a serious crime In preparing Joe for his appeal trial Joe wants to recite a poem but can t remember the last line After much time he finally says Oh wait I think the last lineactually uh I think the last line is just what I said I think the last line is just I m a good person So is Bryan StevensonAnother case reviewed is that of Louis Taylor just 16 in a moment of poor choice visits a happy hour in a local hotel An article in The Washington Post The State of Euality and Justice in America The Presumption of Guilt outlines what happens after Taylor serves 42 ears in prisonBryan Stevenson establishes The Eual Justice Initiative a non profit in Montgomery Alabama that represents wrongful convictions and has won many exonerations This is a book that will stay with me It is an important book Though I listened I plan to purchase a hardbound edition for our local library It is one we should own I also plan to make a donation to The Eual Justice Initiative That just seems right In the end it became a matter of just justice than just mercy for me That is all I wanted Just Justice Mercy is just when it is rooted in hopefulness and freely given Let me be honest I would never have picked this book to read on my own But it was my church book club selection This is a powerful scary book A oung black lawyer takes on death penalty appeal cases in Alabama And he does this because Alabama didn t provide public defenders for those appeal cases The book delves into all the aspects of the legal system It also speaks poignantly on the effects of the larger community when someone is unjustly found guilty When evidence logic and common sense are ignored it makes everyone uestion whom could be next It puts to lie the idea we are a democracy as opposed to an elitist society And don t think it s just the south My home state Pennsylvania is cited for its laws on sentencing juveniles to life in prison Even after the US Supreme Court ruled life without parole couldn t apply to juveniles Pennsylvania said it didn t apply to those already convicted The State Supreme Court didn t reverse that ruling until 2017 Stevenson even describes his own run in with the Atlanta police department for doing nothing than sitting in his car outside his apartment I read The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist earlier this ear These two books will shock and dismay Bad Pets you whenou read the total incompetence or corruption of the southern police force The fact that men can be found guilty when numerous witnesses place them somewhere else boggles the mind In the past I have struggled with whether capital punishment was the correct outcome for the guilty Too often when a horrific crime happens my attitude towards the killer is to hang them high But this book has cemented in my mind that there are too many reasons that reuire me to be opposed to it As Stevenson says the real uestion of capital punishment in this country is Do we deserve to kill This is a sad book and it is not an easy read But I still highly recommend it The existence of the Eual Justice Initiative does provide a bit of hope that there are individuals willing to give up a lucrative job to work on behalf of Justice and Mercy They are the stonecatchers. Tory of racial injusticeOne of EJI’s first clients was Walter McMillian a Running Your Best young Black man who was sentenced to die for the murder of aoung white woman that he didn’t commit The case exemplifies how the death penalty in America is a direct descendant of lynching a system that treats the rich and guilty better than the poor and innocent.
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Rom Bryan Stevenson Well I suspect it ll drag The Fall Of White City (Victorian Chicago Mystery Series Book 1) you kicking and screaming fromour happy place but I defy Please Dont Tickle The Tiger you to read Bryan Stevenson s remarkable Just Mercy and not come away affected in some way Ifou are at all interested in racial andor sociopolitical injustice specifically as it applies to our country s and specifically my adoptive home state Alabama s seriously flawed justice and penal systems this is the book for MTIV you Absolutely haunting heartbreaking and unforgettable Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the US justice system or curious about why some people don t feel they receive eual treatment under the law In Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson presents what could be dry statistics or empty outrages as stories about real people However these stories aren t just about people but the towns and cities where horrible crimes were committed sparking cries for justice and the flawed mechanisms we have for delivering justice from law enforcement to our courts How can we as a country improve our justice system This is something we should all consider if we care to strive for the ideals under which our country was founded First though prepare to be angry Ifou read this book and International Organizations you should anger is nearly unavoidable What to do with that anger is another uestion entirely I would urge hope over fatalism and do everything possible to hold lawmakers accountable to fix our broken system Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South Though larger than life Atticus exists only in fiction Bryan Stevenson however is very much alive and doing God s work fighting for the poor the oppressed the voiceless the vulnerable the outcast and those with no hope Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story UPDATEI just stepped out of the theater seeing this filmIt s absolutely extraordinary IncredibleI can t recommend it highly enough I hope it wins best picture of theear Best actors Best everythingBring Kleenex HONESTLYit was DEEPLY POWERFUL We must reform a system of criminal justice that continues to treat people better if they are rich and guilty than if they are poor and innocent Capital murder reuires an intent to kill and there was a persuasive argument that there was no intent to kill in this case and that poor healthcare had caused the victims death Most gunshot victims don t die after nine months and it was surprising that the state was seeking the death penalty in this case INJUSTICEBryan Stevenson s book JUST MERCY A Story of Justice and Redemption is written by a sincere caring man HE WALKS THE WALK THAT HE TALKS A couple of Laurus years ago I read The New Jim Crow MASS INCARCERATION in the Age of Colorblindness It was maybe the most revolutionary book an opening for transformationto date on the subjectbut I had such a challenging time getting past the authors style of writing Her delivery was very harshvery cold and she seemed to be bitching half the timeof not wanting to writ the book busy with her kids at home and making me feel wrong I felt attacked at times and didn t appreciate her delivery At the same time 80% of the people in my local book club 30 people thought her book was the greatest book to date on this subject Maybe it was Yet I think THIS book shows MUCH MORE sincere heart and compassion Barry Stevenson is Sensitive caringand there is nothing egotistical about itThe stories in here can makeou tremble and cry It s a sad disturbing fact of our lifePeople have been sexually and physically abused as children poor medical care for victims drug addictions trauma humiliation wrongly accused dangers dysfunctions in our prisons We live in a society still with injustice ignorance and bigotry People are fearful and angry Many blessings THANK YOU THANK YOU Bryan for Silk and Steel your life dedication and work Not many people would do the work that he does It s not only this book which is AMAZING AMAZING very easy engaging to read but it s Bryan s life work that must be acknowledged Once again WE MUST REFORM A SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE THAT CONTINUES TO TREAT PEOPLE BETTER IF THEY ARE RICH AND GUILTY THAN IN THEY ARE POOR AND INNOCENT Thankou to my several Goodreads friends who read this book before me and sharing our Thoughts feelings pain passion on this subject Just Mercy Following the Road Less Taken Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption was chosen as a Group Read for June 2015 by On the Southern Literary Trail My special thanks to Jane my good friend who nominated this selection Bryan Stevenson Bryan Stevenson has written a compelling memoir with Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption This is an important work which should be read by any individual who is concerned with the concept of Justice and incidents of Injustice that merit compassion and mercyStevenson the founder of the Eual Justice Initiative and its Executive Director is a committed advocate opposed to the imposition of the death penalty an advocate for unjustly imprisoned children and an iconic American citizen at the forefront of discussing racism as reflected in the Judicial System It is a book that will surprise ou shock Rumunia. Koniec złotej epoki you and appallou Simply put read this bo I often think that my grandparents and parents lived in interesting times They saw so many things come about in their day Theirs were exciting times Women won the right to vote slaves were freed and medical advancements were plenty It was the time of The Industrial Revolution electricity the telephone planes trains and automobiles so to speak I tend to downplay the important breakthroughs of my life and times Television Computers a second industrial revolution of Technology several wars the uest for Space and The Civil Rights Movement I have always gone back and forth in my opinion about capital punishment and the death penalty The older I get the I read the I lean to the correctness and reasoning for its abolishment in our state I haven t come to this decision lightly it s a real struggle for me Perhaps this conflict of soul is why books such as Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption. Cerated and the wrongly condemnedJust Mercy tells the story of EJI from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our his.
Re read This time via audio Bryan Stevenson is in the Netflix documentary the 13th I just watched it I highly recommend itI m late to the party so there is not much for me to say about this book that has not already been said What I will say is that This is a Very Important Book If Simply Irresistible (Girl Friends you have not read itou must It should be reuired reading for high school I had no idea the injustice that occurred in this country when it came to death row I live in a state in which the death penalty was abolished I still can t get it out of my head that a judge in Alabama can override a jury s verdict for life in prison to a death sentence to this very day Bryan Stevenson is an incredible man for all that he has done for death row inmates They are making this into a movie I m so glad they arePut it at the very very top of Miracles in Unexpected Places your to read list It s that important Compared to average white folk I would consider myself aware of and sensitive to the relentless injustices that plague our country Still this book got me fired upIt s pretty straight forward Bryan Stevenson a lawyer for Eual Justice Initiative casually describes some of the situations he s been in and cases he s represented His legal practice focuses on defending the wrongly condemned unusually condemned or otherwise victims of the state Many of the cases described are the result of intentional racism but many others are just examples of the disgusting criminal justice laws that continue to exist Race isn t always a factor Children women poor whites and many others are also mixed up in this world of capitalist imprisonmentThis isn t a book solely on the bygone errors of 50ears ago although some history certainly plays into it By and large it s extremely current extremely relevant and horrifyingMajor kudos to Stevenson by the way for not degrading these accounts with personal rants He doesn t shy away from pointing out the blatant errors of our nation s laws but overall the book reads very calm And I suppose that makes sense For him this is his daily life Representing innocent people who may have spent decades behind bars or on death row is his bread and butter It s probably not even all that shocking to him any that this happensTo be fair it s probably not that shocking to persons of color either These injustices are so common in marginalized communities that this isn t new information It s just life The best thing about this book is probably that it got popular enough that privileged classes are reading it I think we probably all know that our criminal justice system is a joke but until ou start reading about the individual people destroyed by it it s hard to understand how deep the problems runThe only slight negative I ll say is that structurally it s somewhat difficult to keep track of everyone Walter is the main story and I suspect the central focus in the movie although I haven t seen it et but intermixed with him are many others who sometimes jumble together Listening to the audio version made it easier to keep track I think and Bryan does a flawless job narrating his own book But I have read some others critiue the structure and I would tend to agree with them on thatStill overall a must read Even for those who think they already know how bad our system is 4 stars What a powerful and inspiring book Please note if this was a review of the author Bryan Stevenson s career and life story my rating would be 5 stars Words cannot adeuately describe how I feel about this selfless man who has spent his career fighting for justice for those who need it most My rating of 4 stars is simply my review of this book which is obviously what this site is about My impression of and respect for Bryan Stevenson as an individual is extremely high and would go well beyond a 4 star ratingI felt like I was in a constant state of shock while reading the never ending examples of case law describing people being mistreated and wrongly convicted due to racism andor to appease law enforcement personnel and goals I felt sickened reading about the abuse that happens to men women and children within the prison system The prison personnel sometimes doing things considered way worse in my opinion to these prisoners than what the prisoners were actually incarcerated for I had a hard time accepting the statistics of how many children under the age of 18 get life sentences without parole for non homicide crimes and end up being abused in adult prisons some children only 13 or 14 Japji years old Add onto this the overwhelmingly high percentage of prisoners who are mentally ill without a chance of getting the proper help they need within the prison system And one of the main themes of the book proved with endless examples is the criminal justice that continues to treat people better if they are rich and guilty than if they are poor and innocent While all of these examples and stories are shocking and upsetting it was inspiring to learn that Bryan Stevenson was working toward making changes He founded the Eual 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 Bryan Stevenson s attitude work ethic and goals were the light and positivity shining throughout this book People like him are what make this world a better placeI had to be in full concentration mode while reading this book as it is very factual with a lot of statistics and examples I needed time to fully absorb the details While I felt these examples provided an eye opening experience of how extremely unjust the US Justice System can be I also felt it was slightly overwhelming and hard to keep track of At times I felt lost in the case examples as they are referenced back to throughout the book I understand why Bryan Stevenson would choose to bombard the reader with endless examples this is what proves and solidifies his points and theories It s just a lot to take inOverall this was an informative well written account by a caring driven and compassionate man I think everyone could learn a thing or two An unforgettable true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America from one of the most inspiring lawyers of our timeBryan Stevenson was aoung lawyer when he founded the Eual Justice Initiative a nonprofit law office in Montgomery Alabama dedicated to defending the poor the incar.
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Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this nameBryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Eual Justice Initiative in Montgomery Alabama and a professor of law at New York University Law School He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners argued five times before the Supreme Court and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias again