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.”

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