Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Brian Stevenson
A must-read for any current or future practitioner of the law. Stevenson’s memoir captures his early days as a new attorney in the criminal justice system. He highlights the prevalence of racial minorities in jails and prisons, suggesting a systemic bias, draconian sentencing guidelines resulting from the war on drugs, and the emergence of DNA technology which has exposed a troubling amount of wrongful convictions through personal stories of his past clients. Almost every¬thing we learn about his personal life seems to illustrate the larger struggle for social justice. The message of this book, hammered home by intimate examples of one man’s refusal to sit quietly and countenance horror, is that evil can be overcome, and that a difference can be made.