Instead of pursuing a lucrative partnership at an established law firm, Harvard-trained attorney Bryan Stevenson created a non-profit agency to help the most vulnerable: people who are unable to afford adequate legal counsel and are facing the death penalty, mostly in southern US states such as Alabama, Florida or Mississippi. Stevenson and his colleagues at the Equal Justice Initiative use their legal skills to expose the unfair treatment suffered by those who are poor or are visible minorities in the criminal justice system. This includes the exoneration of an innocent man wrongly condemned to death row. It is a searing indictment of a two-tiered justice system where affluence can buy better treatment and shorter sentences and where poverty can mean a lifetime in prison or lethal injection. What's more, you'll be inspired by Stevenson's passion for the law and his compassion for his clients.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)