Sometimes a book comes along that shakes the foundations of the world we live in.
In Just Mercy, Bryan Steven introduces his remarkable foundation, Equal Justice Initiative - a legal practice that works around the clock to help defend the poor, the unwanted, the incorrectly condemned and those who have been abandoned to languish in brutal prisons for the rest of their lives.
A real eye-opener to the horrors of imprisonment and the almost impossible task of proving innocence within the US justice system, Stevenson writes of their endless struggles for truth and justice and without emotion and describes the trials and tribulations the lawyers face in protecting their clients against a system riddled with hate, racism and discrimination against anyone who is poor, abused and mentally unwell.
Bryan Stevenson is internationally recognised for his humanitarian work, and is one of the most influential lawyers of our time - you must read this book, at least once, this year (before the movie comes out next year).
“We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated. An absence of compassion can corrupt the decency of a community, a state, a nation. Fear and anger can make us vindictive and abusive, unjust and unfair, until we all suffer from the absence of mercy and we condemn ourselves as much as we victimize others. 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.”
― Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption