Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson) Themes

Bryan Stevenson
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One of the book’s two main purposes is the exploration of, and commentary on, several flaws or failings in the American legal system. These flaws include, in the author’s mind and contentions, systemic racism; additional prejudice towards other so-called marginalized populations (i.e. women, the poor, the mentally ill); and an inclination towards expediency and / or responding to public pressure at the expense of truth and justice. All of these, the author further contends, lead to corruption and a lack of professional and personal integrity on all levels of systemic function. He clearly suggests that police officers on foot patrol, sheriffs, attorneys (both defense and prosecution), judges, sitting governments, and even the American Supreme court have all, to one degree or another and in one circumstance or another, sacrificed what is arguably the goal of any legal system – to obtain...

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