[Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption Ö BOOKS] author Bryan Stevenson – and–rey.us
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 horrific crime happens my The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime attitude towards the killer is to hang them high But this book has cemented in my mind that therere 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 sad book nd it is not n easy read But I still highly recommend it The existence of the Eual Justice Initiative does provide bit of hope that there The Closest Possible Union are individuals willing to give up lucrative job to work on behalf of Justice nd Mercy They re the stonecatchers Re read This time via udio 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 bout this book that has not Lost Princess already been said What I will say is that This is Very Important Book If you have not read it you 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 state in which the death penalty was bolished I still can t get it out of my head that Hot Shot a judge in Alabama can override jury s verdict for life in prison to The Industrial Revolution a death sente Just Mercy Following the Road Less Taken Just Mercy A Story of Justicend Redemption was chosen Rock Bottom as Group Read for June 2015 by On the Southern Literary Trail My special thanks to Jane my good friend who nominat Well I suspect it ll drag you kicking nd screaming from your happy place but I defy you to read Bryan Stevenson s remarkable Just Mercy nd not come way ffected in some way If you re t ll interested in racial ndor sociopolitical injustice specifically s it pplies to our country s Peace of Me and specifically mydoptive home state Alabama s seriously flawed justice nd penal systems this is the book for you Absolutely haunting heartbreaking nd unforgettable Not since Atticus Finch has My Soul Then Sings a fearlessnd committed lawyer made such Wildwood a difference in the American South Though larger than life Atticus exists only in fiction Bryan Stevenson however is very muchlive nd doing God s work fighting for the poor the oppressed the voiceless the vulnerable the outcast nd those with no hope Just Mercy is his inspiring nd powerful story Compared to verage white folk I would consider myself ware of nd sensitive to the relentless injustices that plague our country Still this book got me fired upIt s pretty straight forward Bryan Stevenson lawyer for Eual Justice Initiative casually describes some of the situations he s been in nd 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 Raiding with Morgan are the result of intentional racism but many othersre just examples of the disgusting criminal justice laws that continue to exist Race isn t lways factor Children women poor whites nd many others re Lethal Licorice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery, also mixed up in this world of capitalist imprisonmentThis isn t book solely on the bygone errors of 50 years Purses and Poison agolthough some history certainly plays into it By Rogue on the Rollaway and large it s extremely current extremely relevantnd horrifyingMajor kudos to Stevenson by the way for not degrading these ccounts with personal rants He doesn t shy way 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 nd butter It s probably not even ll that shocking to him ny that this happensTo be fair it s probably not that shocking to persons of color either These injustices Are So Common In Marginalized so common in marginalized that this isn t new information It s just life The best thing bout this book is probably that it got popular enough that privileged classes re reading it I think we probably ll know that our criminal justice system is joke but until you start reading bout 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 nd I suspect the central focus in the movie lthough I
HAVEN T SEEN IT YET BUT INTERMIXED WITH HIM t seen it yet but intermixed with him many others who sometimes jumble together Listening to the udio version made it easier to keep track I think nd Bryan does flawless job narrating his own book But I have read some others critiue the structure nd I would tend to gree with them on thatStill overall must read Even for those who think they lready know how bad our system is I often think that my grandparents nd parents lived in interesting times They saw so many things come Haunted House Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, about in their day Theirs were exciting times Women won the right to vote slaves were freednd medical Sweet Southern Hearts (A Willow Hill Novel Book 3) advancements were plenty It was the time of The Industrial Revolution electricity the telephone planes trainsnd utomobiles so to speak I tend to downplay the important breakthroughs of my life nd times Television Computers second industrial revolution of Technology several wars. Cerated nd the wrongly condemnedJust Mercy tells the story of EJI from the early days with small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing nd execution rates through successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our his.
Bryan Stevenson Ö 8 SummaryUPDATEI just stepped out of the theater seeing this filmIt s bsolutely extraordinary IncredibleI can t recommend it highly enough I hope it wins best picture of the year Best ctors Best everythingBring Kleenex HONESTLYit was DEEPLY POWERFUL We must reform system of criminal justice that continues to treat people better if they Dark Tides (Dark Tides are richnd guilty than if they Weathering the Storm are poornd innocent Capital murder reuires Wrong for Me (Motor City Royals, an intent to killnd there was persuasive rgument that there was no intent to kill in this case nd that poor healthcare had caused the victims death Most gunshot victims don t die fter nine months nd it was surprising that the state was seeking the death penalty in this case INJUSTICEBryan Stevenson s book JUST MERCY A Story of Justice nd Redemption is written by sincere caring man HE WALKS THE WALK THAT HE TALKS A couple of years go I read The New Jim Crow MASS INCARCERATION in the Age of Colorblindness It was maybe the most revolutionary book Downright Dead an opening for transformationto date on the subjectbut I had such challenging time getting past the uthors style of writing Her delivery was very harshvery cold nd she seemed to be bitching half the timeof not wanting to writ the book busy with her kids t home nd making me feel wrong I felt Left Fur Dead attackedt times nd didn t ppreciate 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 nd compassion Barry Stevenson is Sensitive caringand there is nothing egotistical bout itThe stories in here can make you tremble Death by Tea and cry It s sad disturbing fact of our lifePeople have been sexually Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, and physicallybused s children poor medical care for victims drug ddictions trauma humiliation wrongly By Way Of A Wager accused dangers dysfunctions in our prisons We live in society still with injustice ignorance nd bigotry People re fearful nd ngry Many blessings THANK YOU THANK YOU Bryan for your life dedication nd 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 cknowledged Once When Kingdom Comes 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 Thank you to my several Goodreads friends who read this book before mend sharing your Thoughts feelings pain passion on this subject 4 stars What powerful nd inspiring book Please note if this was The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, a review of theuthor Bryan Stevenson s career nd life story my rating would be 5 stars Words cannot deuately describe how I feel Such a Dance 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 isbout My impression of nd respect for Bryan Stevenson s n individual is extremely high
and would go well beyond 4 star ratingI felt like I was in constant statewould go well beyond 4 star ratingI felt like I was in constant state shock while reading the never ending examples of case law describing people being mistreated nd wrongly convicted due to racism La bte du marais andor toppease law enforcement personnel Laos: Keystone Of Indochina and goals I felt sickened readingbout the How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World abuse that happens to men womennd children within the prison
SYSTEM THE PRISON PERSONNEL SOMETIMES DOINGThe prison personnel sometimes doing considered way worse in my opinion to these prisoners than what the prisoners were ctually incarcerated for I had hard time Geeking Out on 11C accepting the statistics of how many children under thege of 18 get life sentences without parole for non homicide crimes Et ainsi de suite and end up beingbused in The Shoshoni Cookbook adult prisons some children only 13 or 14 years old Add onto this the overwhelmingly high percentage of prisoners whore mentally ill without 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 re rich nd guilty tha is the criminal justice that continues to treat people better if they re rich Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It and guilty tha is just when it is rooted in hopefulnessnd 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 powerful scary book A young black lawyer takes on death penalty ppeal cases in Alabama And he does this because Alabama didn t provide public defenders for those ppeal cases The book delves into ll the spects of the legal system It lso speaks poignantly on the effects of the larger community when someone is unjustly found guilty When evidence logic nd common sense re ignored it makes everyone uestion whom could be next It puts to lie the idea we re democracy s opposed to n 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 fter the US Supreme Court ruled life without parole couldn t pply to juveniles Pennsylvania said it didn t pply to those lready 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 Mr Darcy's Cottage of Earthly Delights: Shades of Pride and Prejudice apartment I read The Cadaver Kingnd the Country Dentist earlier this year These two books will shock nd dismay you when you read the total incompetence or corruption of. An unforgettable true story bout the potential for mercy to redeem us nd clarion call to end mass incarceration in America from one of the most inspiring lawyers of our timeBryan Stevenson was young lawyer when he founded the Eual Justice Initiative nonprofit law office in Montgomery Alabama dedicated to defending the poor the incar. The uest for Space nd The Civil Rights Movement I have lways gone back The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank and forth in my opinionbout capital punishment nd the death penalty The older I get the I read the I lean to the correctness nd reasoning for its bolishment in our state I haven t come to this decision lightly it s real struggle for me Perhaps this conflict of soul is why books such s Just Mercy A Story of Justice nd Redemption interest me so muchBryan Stevenson didn t start out walking the path to where he is today While student t Eastern University in Pennsylvania he thought he might choose Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges Through Business Design a career in music or sports He majored in political sciencend philosophy nd eventually decided on law school While student t Harvard in the early 80 s Stevenson participated in n internship in Atlanta Georgia with The Southern Prisoners Defense Committee SPDC relating to race nd poverty During this time he spent many hours seeking ppeals for inmates on death row I wasn t prepared to meet condemned man I had never seen the inside of maximum security prison nd 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 you It came time for Stevenson to meet one of the men in case they were working on Can you imagine this inexperienced twenty three year old driving himself to this high security prison to meet with man convicted of murder nd sentenced to die Stevenson knew little bout capital punishment nd had not taken class in criminal procedure He wasn t even certain he wanted to be lawyer or confident that he could make difference in the race or poverty issues that motivated him thus far It is here that his course is set nd his lifetime work begins even if he was not uite Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, aware of the full impacts yet His mission was to be to ssure the inmate that he could not be executed nytime soon He meets Henry nd ends up pologizing Jeep. Sur les traces de la lgende admitting he is just law student After the initial wkwardness they go on to talk for three hours bout The Abbeyville Way anythingnd everything When it s time to leave Henry just sks that Stevenson come back gain As Henry leaves the visitation room he sings Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics a part of the hymn On Higher Ground I m pressing on the upward wayNew heights I m gaining every day Still prayings I m onward bound Lord plant my feet on higher ground Lord lift me up nd 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 black man Treasure Diver (Choose Your Own Adventure, accused of murdering white woman There A Shot at Love are many others In my experience of listening to theuthor narrate his book I couldn t help but shake my head t the wrongness of
Many Of The Convictions Thereof the convictions There times when I had to stop listening nd needed to wipe Ask an Astronaut away the tearst man s inhumanity to man Mental illness children tried Dead of Night asdults poverty The Voyage Unplanned and race played large part in many of the cases explored Joe Sullivan was one of the cases of The Dwelling a sentence of life imprisonment without parole given to juvenile Joe was just 13 when convicted in Florida to death His case did not involve killing though it was serious crime In preparing Joe for his ppeal trial Joe wants to recite 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 Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna a good person So is Bryan StevensonAnother case reviewed is that of Louis Taylor just 16 in moment of poor choice visits happy hour in local hotel An rticle in The Washington Post The State of Euality nd Justice in America The Presumption of Guilt outlines what happens Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films after Taylor serves 42 years in prisonBryan Stevenson establishes The Eual Justice Initiative non profit in Montgomery Alabama that represents wrongful convictions nd has won many exonerations This is book that will stay with me It is n important book Though I listened I plan to purchase hardbound edition for our local library It is one we should own I Easy also plan to make donation to The Eual Justice Initiative That just seems right In the end it became Morrissey y los atormentados a matter of just justice than just mercy for me That isll I wanted Just Justice Highly recommended reading for nyone interested in the US justice system or curious bout why some people don t feel they receive eual treatment under the law In system or curious Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe about why some people don t feel they receive eual treatment under the law In Mercy A Story of Justicend Redemption Bryan Stevenson presents what could be dry statistics or empty outrages Interview with the Vampire as storiesbout real people However these stories Emma of Aurora (Change and Cherish Historical aren t justbout people but the towns nd cities where horrible crimes were committed sparking cries for justice nd the flawed mechanisms we have for delivering justice from law enforcement to our courts How can we The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table as country improve our justice system This is something we should ll consider if we care to strive for the ideals under which our country was founded First though prepare to be ngry If you read this book nd you should nger is nearly unavoidable What to do with that Ravished by a Duke anger isnother uestion entirely I would urge hope over fatalism Damn Delicious Meal Prep and do everything possible to hold lawmakersccountable to fix our broken system. Tory of racial injusticeOne of EJI’s first clients was Walter McMillian young Black man who was sentenced to die for the murder of young white woman that he didn’t commit The case exemplifies how the death penalty in America is direct descendant of lynching system that treats the rich Deep Lane: Poems and guilty better than the poornd innocent. ,