Being forced into an airless prison without any room for your voice to be heard is a nightmare the Justice System holds over those who are unfairly represented. “Just Mercy,” a true story that showcases the ruthlessness of people in power who have wrecked the Justice System. Walter McMillan is part of an extensive percentage of innocent individuals who were convicted for crimes they never committed. The Justice System will give unbiased justice when people are given proper advocacy, corrupt officials are replaced and systematic disparities are eliminated.
Justice without real advocacy for an individual does not demonstrate true equity the system says it does. Instances where the accused receive punishment without someone to advocate for them, …show more content…
Reforming the Justice System is futile when people refuse to follow the principle laid out in the title. In the book “Just Mercy,” “Sheriff Tate drove Walter to Holman Correctional Facility, a short ride away in Atmore, Alabama. Before the trip, the sheriff again threatened Walter with racial slurs and terrifying plans.” which shows how officials of the criminal abuse their power to intimidate the accused into potentially serving a sentence without question due to fear. From start to finish, there were many instances in “Just Mercy” where officials like the judge or the sheriff abused their power to instill fear and make the people they uphold authority over feel inferior and lesser than human. The abuse of power that sheriff Tom Tate illustrated in Walter McMillan’s case is not the first and also not the last time someone with the same false sense of justice will convict minorities, people of lower economic status, and as was said before, people they view as lower than them. Addressing and fixing the problem many officials bring into the Justice System would be to appoint new individuals to represent equity within the system. In the United States now, the bar is set low when comes to hiring people with the correct morality for the job. As an example, judge Robert E Lee Key was given the opportunity to convict numerous people and give them a sentence they did not deserve; …show more content…
The system that is meant to be equal represents a gap between people viewed as superior and imfeorior. From Marc Mauer’s, “Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System Need to Be Addressed” article, a statistic “In 2005, African Americans represented 14 percent of current drug users, yet they constituted 33.9 percent of persons arrested for a drug offense and 53 percent of persons sentenced to prison for a drug offense.” this confirms that the many arrests that do not correspond with the percentage that actually commit the crimes are unfairly convicted. Like this statistic, the active one actually participating in these crimes are not caught and convicted but the people who are, are minorities or poverty stricken individuals are profiled for crimes they never committed due to fitting the picture of people who carry out those crimes. Instead of decreasing the number of crimes like drug use, the Justice System fails to apprehend people who have issues with drug use which further increases the frequency of the crime. Bringing attention to the unfair disparage-ridden system, it is known that racial minorities like African Americans or Latinos are condemned more than Caucasians hence the dispoportionate number of the innocent outweighing the number of those guilty of the crime. The correction of the oppressive imbalanced system leaves room for a new unbiased
"Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson is a compelling and thought-provoking book that delves into the deep-rooted issues of racial inequality, injustice, and the flaws in the criminal justice system. Through a series of gripping narratives, Stevenson offers readers a poignant and eye-opening exploration of his personal experiences as a lawyer fighting for justice and fairness in the American legal system. Throughout Stevenson's journey as a lawyer, he experienced many trials and tribulations. He presented many arguments throughout "Just Mercy," such as racial bias, inequality, flaws, and injustices in capital punishment, the importance of mercy and redemption, the need for criminal justice reform, and humanizing the accused and incarcerated.
In the book Just Mercy, by Bryon Stevenson, he shares the story of his upbringing as a lawyer and company Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Through his career, he was able to understand the full extent of mercy and its ability to bring out people’s humanity. Additionally, Stevenson argues how people who act upon prejudiced beliefs are just as broken as those who have been condemned to life in prison without parole and on death row, because they have all been defeated by a sense of hopelessness and animosity within their own lives. In my critique, I describe my new found understanding of the cruelty behind the death penalty. Moreso, the trauma and brutality it brings to all the players involved, especially to those who are placed on death row.
This year at Elon University, all first-year students were given a summer reading. The author Bryan Stevenson, a gifted attorney, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative; fights to raise awareness about the injustices in the United States legal and social systems. Just Mercy, his book magnifies his early career, where he fought for people on death row. This book talks about the injustices that happened back in the 80’s and 90’s but, these same injustices by the police are still around today, but justified by law now.
Bryan Stevenson’s novel Just Mercy tells of his times as a death row attorney for inmates that were unjustly and inhumanely represented in the American court system. A #1 New York Times Bestseller, the book itself tells a story of a man named Walter McMillan who was sentenced to death row in an Alabama state prison. Walter landed in prison after a woman named Ronda Morrison from his hometown Monroe Alabama was found dead at her workplace Monroe cleaners on November 1st, 1983. This telling by Stevenson highlights the injustices and systemized racism that exists in our southern court systems, and without just attorneys like Stevenson to represent these disadvantaged men and women these inhumane practices will only continue.
Bryan Stevenson knew the perils of injustice and inequality just as well as his clients on death row. He grew up in a poor, racially segregated area in Delaware and his great-grandparents had been slaves. While he was a law student, he had interned working for clients on death row. He realized that some people were treated unfairly in the judicial system and created the Equal Justice Institute where he began to take on prisoners sentenced to death as clients since many death row prisoners had no legal representation of any kind. In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson focuses on some of these true stories of injustice, mainly the case of his client, Walter McMillian.
In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson tells a first person account of his years defending the people who were wrongly convicted or punished by the US justice system. At the heart of the novel is the story of Walter McMillian, a man wrongly convicted of murder and sent to death row. Throughout the novel, Stevenson presents examples of individuals who were wrongfully punished due to racism and discrimination. He shows the readers how our criminal justice system unfairly impacts members of the Black community. He also highlights the destruction and devastation this can cause.
Bryan Stevenson examines the central concept of systemic racism and injustice in the American justice system, particularly toward people of color, in his book Just Mercy. Stevenson shows how racial bias and discrimination have resulted in the wrongful imprisonment and death sentences of many African American men, as well as the disproportionate representation of black people in the criminal justice system, through his experiences as a lawyer. Stevenson explores a number of themes throughout the book, including the need for systemic change in the criminal justice system, the power of hope and perseverance, and the significance of empathy and compassion in the fight against injustice. Through compelling narratives and personal anecdotes, he delves
The novel Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson has brought to life the horrors of the prison system. Previously, I knew very little about the prison system, especially the level of injustice experienced by numerous prisoners. While I knew of the discrimination in the courtrooms for minorities, Stevenson’s stories added a personal touch to a harsh reality. I was especially shocked when Stevenson related the story of how he was stopped by police outside of his own house. Although he had done nothing wrong, the police immediately accused him of crimes, which he did not understand.
In an excerpt from his book, Just Mercy, Bryan Steveson - renowned civil rights lawyer - utilizes contradictions and characterization to demonstrate to uneducated readers the racism and failure of the justice system in order to motivate them to fight to dismantle the corrupt system. Throughout the description of Walter’s illegal placement on death row - death row lawyer Byran Steveson - details the contradictory actions of the sheriff and the other inmates to reveal to the American readers the failings of the justice system. After discussing Walter's despair created by his imprisonment, Bryan recounts the arrest of Walter. Bryan narrates Walter’s complete confusion during his arrest due to the, “racist taunts and threats from uniformed police
In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson retells powerful stories to highlight how minorities and juveniles within the criminal justice system are often unheard. Stevenson addresses Walter McMilliam’s case to prove that he was ignored by the police and others because he was an African American accused for interracial romance with a white women and murder. During the 1800’s, racial discrimination was extremely harsh onto black people which led their community to be targeted by the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system incarcerates African Americans but no other races which proves that they’re avoiding their safety and rights.
Revealing the Racial Disparities of the Justice System “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate these differences.”–Audre Lorde. Clear inequality and discrimination within the justice system are revealed through the capital punishment system in America. Stevenson developed this understanding of discrimination and inequality in Just Mercy, a novel.
1/5/23 Racial injustice has been a prominent issue in the American criminal justice system for centuries prior to Bryan Stevenson's entry in the criminal justice world. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, goes in depth on specific unjust criminal charges based on racial assumptions. Bryan Stevenson does work on ending these suffrages and freeing clients who have been unfairly accused on death row. Throughout the book, Stevenson addresses systemic racism through examples of jury selection, several case studies of unfairly incarcerated individuals, and police brutality which his advocacy for inmates overcomes by creating racial justice within the criminal justice system.
According to The University of Michigan's law education, African Americans are seven times more likely than white Americans to be falsely convicted of serious crimes due to their race (law.umich.edu). Bryan Stevenson who is a human rights lawyer and author wrote the memoir by the name of Just Mercy. This piece focuses on the idea that the criminal justice system is discriminatory. In this memoir, he defends and fights for citizens to protect their rights as a person. Bryan Stevenson beautifully utilizes strong word choice, repetition, and emotional appeal to emphasize and persuade the readers that the efforts to fight institutional cruelty and raise the most vulnerable to a “higher ground” is what matters most.
While it may not offer any easy answers, it serves as a powerful reminder of the need for continued efforts to create a more just and equitable society. The author's treatment of this central question highlights the complexity of the issues at hand and the need for a multifaceted approach to addressing them. It also underscores the importance of individuals taking action and working towards a more just and equitable society. One of the most powerful aspects of Just Mercy is the way in which it presents the stories of individuals who have been wronged by the justice system. These stories are at times heart-wrenching, but they also serve as a powerful reminder of the resilience and strength of the human spirit.
Members of the judicial system, such as judges and lawyers, play a crucial role in addressing the issue. Lawyers provide legal counsel and representation to their clients, including those accused of crimes, and can work to ensure that their clients receive fair treatment within the criminal justice system. Judges, on their part, are responsible for making sentencing decisions and have the power to address disparities in sentencing. This understanding can help us to identify the root causes of the problem and develop effective strategies to address it. For example, by recognizing the impact of systemic racial inequalities on sentencing decisions, we can work towards implementing reforms within the criminal justice system to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and justly.