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Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. He is also a professor at New York University School of Law. His first book, Just Mercy was published in October 2014, and was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. It was also the winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction and other major awards. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu has said, "Bryan Stevenson is America's young Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all.”

Entries by Bryan Stevenson

The Rationalization of Racial Injustice

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 10:42 AM

The following is the foreword from Jim Wallis' new book America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. Learn more about the book here.

Late one night several years ago, I was getting out of my car on an empty midtown...

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Celebrating the Power of Forgiveness

(4) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 1:41 PM

On a June evening in 1988, Robert Cushing, a retired schoolteacher who had raised seven children heard a knock at the door. When he opened the door in his peaceful New Hamphire neighborhood, a deranged man leveled a shotgun at him at shot him twice in the chest. Mr. Cushing...

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The Presumption of Guilt

(18) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 10:26 AM

Too many people in America are burdened with a presumption of guilt. Their race, their ethnicity, their religion, their nationality and sometimes their poverty is seen as an indicia of danger, a basis for distrust or suspicion that marks them as someone to be feared, someone to be closely monitored.

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