Just Mercy

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption starts off by telling us that Bryan Stevenson grew up in a racially segregated, poor town in Delaware. His grandma tells him, ” “You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close” (14).” This affected Stevenson in some way because that is what he goes on to do. He gets an opportunity to intern at the SPDC based in Atlanta, Georgia. It is dedicated to providing legal aid to prison inmates throughout Southern states. After he meets Henry, a young black man about Stevenson’s age, who has a wife and kids, he develops a passion for fighting for people like Henry who are on death row. He decides to take on Walter’s case. Eventually, Walter is found not guilty after six years on death row. After fighting for Walter and getting close to him, Stevenson reveals that he has learned a number of things from him about dignity, hope, and so much more. This case shows us that you do have to get close to be an effective lawyer. As Stevenson tried to find more evidence, he discovered a lot of things about the history of racism and suffering. He ultimately was successful, which proves that getting close is effective.