Tales & Talk Evening Group: Just Mercy

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Johnson City Public Library
Board Room

Event Details

Tales & Talk is a book discussion group sponsored by the Johnson City Public Library. Membership is open to all adults who can commit to attending regular discussion meetings. The group meets 6 times a year on the 2nd or 3rd Thursday of September, October, November, March, April and May. One of the groups meets in the morning and the other in the evening. Both groups will read the same book. The books to be discussed will be available to group members to borrow or to purchase. For more information call (423)434-4454, send an e-mail to phoneroom or inquire at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the library.

Summary of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson:

*Starred Review* As a young Harvard law student testing himself in an internship in Georgia, Stevenson visited death-row inmates and saw firsthand the injustices suffered by the poor and disadvantaged, how too many had been railroaded into convictions with inadequate legal representation. The visit made such an impression on Stevenson that he started the Equal Justice Institute in Montgomery, Alabama. One of his first clients was Walter McMillian, a young black man accused of murdering a white woman and imprisoned on death row even before he was tried. Stevenson alternates chapters on the shocking miscarriage of justice in McMillian's case, including police and prosecutorial misconduct, with other startling cases. The war on drugs and tough-on-crime political postures have resulted in hundreds of juveniles sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for nonhomicidal offenses. Among the cases Stevenson cites: a 14-year-old condemned to death for killing his mother's abusive boyfriend and a mentally ill adolescent girl condemned to life in prison for second-degree murder for the death of young boys killed in a fire she started accidentally. Through these cases and others, Stevenson details changes in victims' rights, incarceration of juveniles, death penalty reforms, inflexible sentencing laws, and the continued practices of injustice that see too many juveniles, minorities, and mentally ill people imprisoned in a frenzy of mass incarceration in the U.S. A passionate account of the ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2014 Booklist
Event Type(s): Book Talk
Age Group(s): Adults