Just Mercy

Just Mercy

Adapted for Young Adults : A True Story of the Fight for Justice

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"In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestselling Just Mercy, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so," Bryan Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing from his personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America's most rejected and marginalized people. In this very personal work--proceeds of which will go to charity--Bryan Stevenson recounts many and varied stories of his work as a lawyer in the U.S. criminal justice system on behalf of those in society who have experienced some type of discrimination and/or have been wrongly accused of a crime and who deserve a powerful advocate and due justice under the law. Through the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization Stevenson founded as a young lawyer and for which he currently serves as Executive Director, this important work continues. EJI strives to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. -- Provided by publisher.
"Bryan Stevenson details from his personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America's most marginalized people"-- Provided by publisher.
Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need. He reflects on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice, and argues for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525580034
0525580034
9780525580041
0525580042
Branch Call Number: YA 340.092 Stevenso
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 22 cm

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Details the author's personal experience, challenges, and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate to find justice for America's most marginalized people.


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PLPeggo
Feb 20, 2021

Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong? What a foolish notion, war is called devotion, when the greatest warriors are the ones who stand for peace. Holy Near, singer, songwriter. True honesty in those words.

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ChadTSmith
Jul 27, 2020

Just Mercy is a must-read for anyone thinking about becoming a lawyer or going into the criminal justice system. It tells the story of author Bryan Stevenson, as he attempts to get justice for African Americans wrongly incarcerated during a period of widespread racism in the U.S. One thing I liked was the chapter structure as it allows one to not only focus on the main plot but also learn about other examples as this was not a one-time issue for Stevenson. Another thing that I liked about the book is that the events are completely true which kept me invested in the story for long periods of time. This also allows one to connect the events of the book to the events today. One thing I wished to know more about in the book was the author’s upbringing but that is about it. I hope you give this book a try!

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ChadTSmith
Jul 27, 2020

ChadTSmith thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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