Just Mercy

Just Mercy

A Story of Justice and Redemption

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The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780553550634
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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ArapahoeMaryA Sep 26, 2018

I highly recommend this audiobook – read by its author, Bryan Stevenson, who has been referred to as a modern-day Atticus Finch. His fight for the oppressed and marginalized is nothing short of inspirational and his work will resonate with anyone who is grieved by socio-political injustice. Relevant, important, and thought-provoking, Just Mercy would be an excellent Book Club selection.

Apr 03, 2017

Bryan Stevenson moved me to tears last week when he spoke to a huge Seattle Arts and Lectures crowd. "The opposite of poverty is not wealth, it is justice." He challenged us to be proximate and have hope in order to change the world. We are not defined by our worst acts, and everyone deserves another chance. Be a mentor to an incarcerated person, give them your support to ensure a positive transition into this hostile world. #mustread

Oct 24, 2016

Favorite for the year. Both a novel about the criminal justice system but also about our human thirst for vengeance...and the ugliness it produces in us. I'm recommending this to everyone.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 10, 2016

A truly eye-opening book that I think a lot of people should pick up! It worked perfectly on audio as well and is read by the author.

Jun 16, 2016

Inspiring true story of the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. And within his story are many more stories of brave victims of unjust prosecutions and sentencing. This was a life-changing read for me.

Sep 12, 2015

This is a "must read" . Bryan Stevenson writes intelligently and persuasively. It is a powerful indictment on the American "justice " system . I listened to this audiobook after watching his Ted talk (which consistently makes the "Best of Ted talks" lists).

Feb 07, 2015

After reading this book, one will never consider the situation of capital offenders within the justice system as before. The author, an attorney specializing in representing poor and largely black juveniles, presents many cases where the inertia or discrimination of the justice system simply fails to meet our ideals of fairness. What is astonishing is that in some of these cases, the justice system is not that interested in apprehending the perpetrator but more so in getting some one. The most engaging part of the book is devoted to the case of Walter McMillan. Other interleaved chapters are devoted to other cases with the transition being a bit disconcerting.


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Mar 16, 2019

"Mercy is just when it is rooted in hopefulness and freely given. Mercy is most empowering, liberating, and transformative when it is directed at the undeserving. The people who haven't earned it, who haven't even sought it, are the most meaningful recipients of our compassion." (314)

Mar 16, 2019

"Fear and anger are a threat to justice; they can infect a community, a state, or a nation and make us blind, irrational, and dangerous. . . . Walter's case had taught me that the death penalty is not about whether people deserve to die for the crimes they commit. The real question of capital punishment in this country is, Do we deserve to kill?" (313)

Mar 16, 2019

"The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving. It's when mercy is least expected that it's most potent - strong enough to break the cycle of victimization and victimhood, retribution and suffering. It has the power to heal the psychic harm and injuries that lead to aggression and violence, abuse of power, mass incarceration." (294)

Mar 16, 2019

“You see things you can't otherwise see; you hear things you can't otherwise hear. You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us." (290, 2/2)

Mar 16, 2019

"I frequently had difficult conversations with clients who were struggling and despairing over their situations - over the things they'd done, or had been done to them, that had led them to painful moments. Whenever things got really bad, and they were questioning the value of their lives, I would remind them that each of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done. I told them that if someone tells a lie, that person is not just a liar. If you take something that doesn't belong to you, you are not just a thief. Even if you kill someone, you're not just a killer. I told myself that evening what I had been telling myself for years. I am more than broken. In fact, there is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise.” (290, 1/2)

ArapahoeMaryA Sep 26, 2018

Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.

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.


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