Monthly Archives: August 2015

The opposite of poverty is justice

By Judy Elliot
Until he was a Harvard Law School student, Bryan Stevenson had never been inside a maximum security prison.

Then he signed up for a one-month course on race and poverty litigation and found himself in Georgia as an intern with the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee. The group took on cases of Death-Row inmates, prisoners with no lawyers to represent them.

In his book, “Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption,” Stevenson, who finished law school and changed by his work with Death-Row prisoners, founded the Equal Justice Initiative, writes as a man who believes “we have to pay attention to justice served with equal measure.”

Continue reading: The Marietta Daily Journal

Loss of innocence: the experience of exonerated death row inmates

Juan Melendez spent 17 years, eight months, and one day on Florida’s death row for a crime he did not commit, before being exonerated in 2002 when the transcript of a confession by the real murderer came to light – evidence that had been withheld by the prosecutor. Juan received no assistance and no compensation from the state of Florida in the wake of his exoneration.

Sabrina Butler was a Mississippi teenager convicted of murder and child abuse in the death of her nine-month-old son, Walter Dean. She was later exonerated of all wrongdoing  . . .                     Continue reading: The Conversation