“Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.” –Ted Conover, New York Times book reviewer
Through his work with the poor and the incarcerated as a lawyer, Stevenson concludes that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice. He cites some disturbing statistics:
The U.S. incarceration rate is the highest in the world.
One in every 15 babies born in 2001 is predicted to spend time in jail.
One in three black males born in this century is predicted to be incarcerated.
The number of women in prison has increased 640% in the last 30 years.
Spending on jails and prisons by state and federal governments rose from $6.9 billion in 1980 to nearly $80 billion in 2014.
Stevenson, founded the Equal Justice Initiative, which is a law practice dedicated to fighting for the most vulnerable people caught in the system. As a defense lawyer for the defenseless, he is well-equipped to address injustice, racial inequity in America, and particularly the criminal justice system and the unequal application of the death penalty.
Thanks to a grant from the The Griffin Harte Foundation, A limited number of free books are available. You can also buy the book online and its also available as an audio book.
Discussions of Just Mercy are on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at our office located at 36 Broad Street on the following dates:
Jan 15th Feb 19th March 19th
Just Mercy reading assignments are:
Jan 15th: Introduction through Chapter 5 Feb 19th: Chapter 6 to Chapter 12 March 19th: Chapter 13 to Author's Note
Please note, the reads are free and open to to public. A goodwill offering to support our work is encouraged.
Can't join us in person for the Color-Brave Read? Please check out the website each month. We post the facilitation questions for your offsite discussions.