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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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