Bryan Stevenson’s memoir, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, details the early years of his experiences at a nonprofit law office called the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Dedicated to helping impoverished incarcerated individuals, the EJI’s small staff fights high execution rates and the plight of the poor in the American justice system. Stevenson shares his experiences fighting for due process for people of color and/or from impoverished backgrounds and challenging the validity of legal processes that treated children as adults when convicted of crimes. Despite the complex and difficult topics Stevenson addresses, the memoir also contains hope, perseverance, and forgiveness, and highlights the idea of standing strong in the face of injustice.
By: Bryan Stevenson