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This book is a powerful discussion of our justice system.

How is it possible that a fourteen year old can end up on death row?  Stevenson, as the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama and professor of law at the New York University Law School has won relief for scores of condemned and innocent prisoners.  He has fought to abolish the death penalty as well as life sentences without parole for juveniles.  He has also championed the rights of those inmates who are mentally ill or mentally handicapped.

This book has been selected for discussion by the League of Women Voters of Weston as mentioned in their bulletin of December 2014.

“A distinguished NYU law professor and MacArthur grant recipient offers the compelling story of the legal practice he founded to protect the rights of people on the margins of American society. . . . Emotionally profound, necessary reading.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review, Kirkus Prize Finalist)
 
“A passionate account of the ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged.”—Booklist (starred review)
“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.”—John Grisham
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