#2 — Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Rating: 4/5
  • This book should be renamed “100+ Reasons Why People Should Be Against the Death Penalty”
  • It’s hard not to get emotionally invested and/or enraged; this book articulated clearly why I and so many people venture into the helping profession and/or study American sociology in the first place. Unfortunately, it also illustrates how so many people get burned out and discouraged from doing the work
  • The book strikes a good balance between the macro and the micro– there are a lot of examples of individual cases the author has worked on personally, but there is also commentary on why the problem of mass incarceration/institutionalized racism persists