Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The author attended Harvard Law School in the early 80s.  In 1989 He and a colleague started the Equal Justice Initiative.  Their mission was to work with inmates on Alabama's Death Row.  At that time, the inmates had no access to legal council.  Many of them had been poorly represented or arrested on false pretenses.  Trying to get them free was not easy.  The book is a mixture of facts about the criminal justice system in America and stories of people that the author met.  The story of Walter McMillian runs through the book.  He was on Death Row for six years for a crime he did not commit.  The author also worked on cases of people who were sentenced as juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  He tells some of their stories as well.  This book is very readable and timely.

1. What is EJI?

2. What is the story about Mrs. Williams?

3. What are stonecatchers?

4. Did Bryan ever get discouraged?

5. What happened to Walter as a result of his conviction and imprisonment?

6. What role did lies and corrupt justice officials have in Walter's story?

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