Analysis Of Just Mercy By Bryan Stevenson

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A question we need to ask ourselves and our judicial system is if we should be able to kill, and who deserves the power to make that decision? Throughout history in America, our judicial system has always used retributive justice as a way to condemn crime and give out punishment. Retributive justice is a system that focuses on punishing the offender rather than preventing and rehabilitating. This way of dealing with crime has only harmed the people involved and created more problems like poverty, and unjust cases, and makes it harder for convicts to live life in the future. The book ‘Just Mercy’ written by Bryan Stevenson covers these issues that thousands of Americans face, even today. His book addresses systemic racism, the cause for most …show more content…

It argues that the over-reliance on punitive measures, such as incarceration, has disproportionately impacted marginalized communities, particularly people of color. Stevenson writes, "We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated. An absence of compassion can corrupt the decency of a community, a state, an entire nation" (p. 18). This quote illustrates how the US legal system has failed to provide meaningful justice for those who have been impacted by crime, and has instead perpetuated cycles of violence and trauma. Through advocacy for restorative justice, we are able to call for a deeper examination of the role that the legal system can play in repairing harm and promoting healing. Underlining the systemic issues within the US legal system, particularly the over-reliance on punitive measures and the disproportionate impact on marginalized communities. Promoting restorative justice calls for a shift in the legal system towards a more compassionate and just approach that prioritizes healing and repair. The criminal justice system has continuously overlooked the issues that it causes with the use of a retributive system in …show more content…

"Mass incarceration has become a kind of intractable social problem in America," he argues, "one that is disproportionately visited upon the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable" (p. 9). This phrase exemplifies how the American legal system has failed to offer meaningful justice for individuals harmed by crime, instead perpetuating cycles of violence and pain. Advocating for restorative justice plays in addressing these challenges by emphasizing systemic concerns within the US legal system. Restorative justice can be a significant instrument for decreasing judicial system harm and facilitating healing in marginalized communities. Furthermore, by emphasizing the importance of recognizing the humanity of all individuals impacted by the legal system and treating them with dignity and respect. The support for restorative justice stems from a strong commitment to social justice and the notion that the US judicial system must fundamentally change its approach to encourage healing and repair injustice. Focusing on mass imprisonment and punishment helps cause the pain and trouble that people involved in America’s justice system face every day due to the ignorant, constant system that is still

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