Just Mercy (Book Review)

A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Steveson

“Proximity to the condemned and incarcerated made the question of each person’s humanity more urgent and meaningful, including my own.”

“The racial terrorism of lynching in many ways created the modern death penalty.

“Abstractions about capital punishment were one thing, but the details of systematically killing someone who is not a threat are completely different.”

“It was far too easy to convict this wrongly accused man for murder and send him to death row for something he didn’t do and much too hard to win his freedom after proving his innocence.

“Simply punishing the broken- walking away from them or hiding them from sight- only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too.

“Walter’s case taught me that fear and anger are a threat to justice; they can infect a community, a state, or a nation and make us blind, irrational and dangerous.”

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