Just Mercy A story of Justice and Redemption, I wasn’t prepared to meet a condemned man. In 1983, I was a twenty-three-year-old student at Harvard Law School working in Georgia on an internship, eager and inexperienced and worried that I was in over my head, Just Mercy A story of Justice and Redemption, tells the story of Bryan Stevenson, a young lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system.
One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machinations and legal brinkmanship – and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Stevenson remembers his grandmother telling him, “You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close.” How do we see the author getting close to issues of punishment and mass incarceration? As you begin the academic year at
Ohio State, how will you get close to the issues that are most important to you? Stevenson shared several examples of low-income individuals and/or people of color in difficult circumstances being presumed guilty before presenting their cases. Do you think race and class should factor into a court case? How about in a college admissions process or decisions about scholarships or financial aid? Download for free bellow