Books: Non-Fiction

Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice (Adapted for Young Adults)

Book – Non-fiction. By Bryan Stevenson. 288 pages. 2018.
This young adult adaptation provides readers a glimpse into the lives of the wrongfully imprisoned.

Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity

Cover of book titled Just Mercy for Young ReadersIn this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestselling Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice, Bryan Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing from his personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of the most rejected and marginalized people in the United States.

In this very personal work — proceeds of which will go to charity — Bryan Stevenson recounts many and varied stories of his work as a lawyer in the U.S. criminal justice system on behalf of those in society who have experienced some type of discrimination and/or have been wrongly accused of a crime and who deserve a powerful advocate and due justice under the law.

Through the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization Stevenson founded as a young lawyer and for which he currently serves as executive director, this important work continues. EJI strives to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States. [Description from GoodReads.com]

ISBN: 9780525580034 | Published by Delacorte Press.

Democracy Now! interview with Bryan Stevenson

Video clip: “Just Mercy”: Bryan Stevenson on Ferguson, Prison Reform & Why the Opposite of Poverty is Justice (2014)


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