Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy” Released Today


The Equal Justice Initiative is pleased to announce the release of Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, now available from Random House. Just Mercy presents the story of EJI, the people we represent, and the importance of confronting injustice.

We hope you’ll order a copy and come to see Bryan when he’s at an event in your neighborhood to discuss and sign copies of the book. We’re excited for this opportunity to share the work of EJI and we are deeply grateful for your support.

DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, said Just Mercy is “gripping” and said, “What hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation.”

TRACY KIDDER, author of Mountains Beyond Mountains, called the book “important and compelling.”

JOHN GRISHAM, bestselling author, said it was “an inspiring and powerful story.”

MICHELLE ALEXANDER, author of The New Jim Crow, said, “Bryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes, perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today, and Just Mercy is extraordinary. The stories told within these pages hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice.”

ISABEL WILKERSON, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, said, “From the frontlines of social justice comes one of the most urgent voices of our era. Bryan Stevenson is a real-life, modern-day Atticus Finch who, through his work in redeeming innocent people condemned to death, has sought to redeem the country itself. This is a book of great power and courage. It is inspiring and suspenseful. A revelation.”

Random House describes Just Mercy as:

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice — from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machinations, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.