Author Bryan Stevenson Tells Us Why Just Mercy is a Book for All Readers

In this video, author Bryan Stevenson explains why he wanted to adapt Just Mercy for young adults and how teens can use this story, and others to make an impact in their communities and on society.

 

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults)

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults)

By Bryan Stevenson

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In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestseller Just Mercy, which the New York Timescalls “as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so," 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 America’s most rejected and marginalized people.

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, working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

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