NEW YORK TIMES Sunday Book Review

“Unfairness in the justice system is a major theme of our age. . . . This book brings new life to the story by placing it in two affecting contexts: [Bryan] Stevenson’s life work and the deep strain of racial injustice in American life. . . . You don’t have to read too long to start cheering for this man. Against tremendous odds, Stevenson has worked to free scores of people from wrongful or excessive punishment, arguing five times before the Supreme Court. . . . The book extols not his nobility but that of the cause, and reads like a call to action for all that remains to be done. . . . The message of the book, hammered home by dramatic examples of one man’s refusal to sit quietly and countenance horror, is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful. . . . Stevenson has been angry about [the criminal justice system] for years, and we are all the better for it.”

—Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review

About the Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is a private, nonprofit human rights organization. EJI helps the poor, the incarcerated, the condemned, and children. Our work with children is focused on providing legal assistance to juveniles condemned to die in prison; challenging the placement of youth in adult jails and prisons, where they face an elevated risk of assault and sexual violence; and challenging the prosecution of very young children as adults.

In the last several years, EJI has won several reforms that aid children caught in the American criminal justice system. As this report out- lines, more work remains. EJI currently is seeking to end the adult prosecution of any child under age 14; to end the placement of any ju- venile under age 18 in an adult jail or prison; and to abolish life imprisonment without parole and other excessive sentences imposed on children.

Please visit us at to learn more about how you can help end excessive punishment and eliminate cruel treatment of children in the adult criminal justice system.