Just Mercy

Just Mercy

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

Book - 2018 | First edition
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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. Praise for Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption: "Important and compelling."--TRACY KIDDER, author of Mountains Beyond Mountains "Gripping. What hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation."--DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate "An inspiring and powerful story." --JOHN GRISHAM, author of A Time to Kill"-- Provided by publisher.
I am persuaded that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice. I've come to believe that the true measure of our commitment to justice, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the respected, and the privileged among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned. The closer we get to mass incarceration and extreme levels of punishment, the more I believe it's necessary to recognize that we all need mercy, we all need justice, and -- perhaps -- we all need some measure of unmerited grace. - Jacket.
"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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525580034
Call Number: y 340.092 S8472j 2018
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 22 cm


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Grade 7 and up. Young adult adaptation of the adult book by a social justice lawyer, advocating for the most marginalized people. He shares stories of how racism, sexism, and lack of good legal help for mentally ill and young people makes the U.S. legal system unjust. A good contemporary, compan... Read More »

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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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Jul 27, 2020

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