Title: Just Mercy
Authors: Stevenson, Bryan
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 335
Year: 2014
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Language: English
Description: Although he grew up in a poor black community in the American South, Bryan Stevenson is a Harvard graduate, a law professor and an influential and impassioned advocate for those at the bottom of the heap. With their fate resting in the balance, he established a legal practice, the Equal Justice Initiative, which has successfully defended many of those most in need.

With one in three black men imprisoned in the USA, his plea for justice and mercy from their dysfunctional criminal justice system is compelling and powerfully argued. A disturbing but undoubtedly inspiring story. [Small font]

Comments from Groups:

This book provoked great conversation. We were all equally appalled at the state of the American Criminal Justice system and how there is so much discrimination against the African-Americans, women and the mentally disabled. We voted this our most challenging book this year. [Christchurch 196]

A very stimulating and timely read. This book should be read by everyone to remind us of our freedom and political choices. [Taupo 007]

For once were were unanimous - all thought it was a most stimulating, horrific account of the author's work. We were full of admiration for Bryan Stevenson - his perseverence, philosophy and humanity. This book colours our reading of 'events' in the US. [Christchurch 058]

All agreed that this was compelling and at times hard to put down as the content is so challenging. Lively conversation about racism. [Raumati 001]

General concensus - well-written and enlightening. Though at times horrifying. One member found it so distressing it affected her sleep. Bryan Stevenson's commitment to battling for his death row clients is inspiring in an unbelievably corrupt system. We learnt a lot! [Wanaka 005]
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Human Rights, Inspirational, Medical/Health, Morals/Ethics, Political, America, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups, 2017 Titles, Small font


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By: NELS 075 2021-09-06 10:32:48
An extraordinary and insightful book that was both moving and horrific. We had a great discussion 'via Zoom', and many in our group were going off to find the movie on one of the streaming services.

By: WANAK 010 2021-05-10 14:14:52
While some of our group found this book an emotional read and had to put it down and come back to it, we all agreed it is one of the best books we've read. It prompted a lot of discussion about not only the American justice system and the racial bias that is still going on but also about our own justice system and the ethnicity of those currently in our prisons. This, along with the review of what happened to children placed into 'care' systems, where many were physically, sexually and emotionally abused left us all thinking about how change can come about and what can we do to support it.

By: CHCH 194 2021-04-13 15:58:52
An excellent book - though it does give such a sad account of the American Justice system and the situation many have been subjected to. With so many recent racial problems that have made international media, we know there is still much to be changed. The book gave us plenty to discuss and relate to our own statistics here.

By: ASHB 016 2019-05-15 21:59:52
Not all of us read this book but the ones who did found it disturbing and were horrified to realise that this is still happening. They were all pleased that they read it but were saddened by the statistics. He is an amazing man. It's coming out as a movie in January 2020. Most complained about the size of the font but managed, even one with a magnifying glass! This is a book that should be read - great conversation, the best for a very long time (and we always discuss the book!).

By: WHITBY 005 2019-03-18 17:23:54
All of us read this book completely, and although it was a harrowing read, we felt it was a wonderful book, and that we have learned much that is important and valuable. We admire Bryan Stevenson's dedication and determination in establishing EIJ , we wept over the plight and experiences of the people whom he made us feel we knew and cared about. We would recommend this book as a serious read for dedicated readers.

By: CHCH 240 2018-11-23 14:53:11
Enjoyed by our group, but many found it very depressing about what is still happening in America today. Brilliantly written with the case studies told as a story. Worth reading!

By: HAMIL 050 2018-11-02 13:45:13
Especially enjoyed by members working in the health sector. The author raises and illustrates the issues of institutionalised racism very well.

By: GERAL 002 2018-11-02 13:43:17
Well-written by a lawyer whose determination and hard work on behalf, of poor, black and innocent clients exposes the horrifying and unbelievably bad miscarriages of justice. A real eye opener that is emotionally difficult at times.

By: CHCH 437 2018-09-05 15:00:16
Mixed reviews on this one. Many didn't complete it, yet some who did loved it. It was interesting, and heart breaking in parts.

By: OHAU 001 2018-09-05 14:58:17
This was a very harrowing account of justice American style, or rather the lack of justice for poor, black, disadvantaged and mentally ill people in a society of prejudice, paranoia and hate. It made us examine our own system, and the high rate of Maori (and the poor) incarcerated here.

By: WAIKA 004 2018-09-05 14:55:21
Excellent. A disturbing book on many levels. A challenging eye opener on the American justice system, particularly with regard to Afro-American youth. Very well-written and highly recommended.

By: KOHE 001 2018-09-05 14:52:05
Not everyone finished this gruelling book. A hard read.

By: HAVE 016 2018-07-16 14:36:20
Book enjoyed by everyone. However most found it quite devastating to read, and were horrified at the sentences imposed. Comment was made on the excellent narrative eg. the Walter story coming in bits and pieces through the book. We embrace the power of individuals to make a difference and we admire Stevenson for his work, conviction and fortitude.

By: GREYT 001 2018-07-16 14:28:44
A very well written and powerful book - rated very highly by all the group and it engendered a wide ranging discussion.

By: WELL 060 2017-12-20 10:40:12
Amazing book - very sobering. Everyone should read this book!

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