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First Year Book - Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption: Websites

A guide related to resources about the book and the issues it explores.


Click on the logo for the website of each organization.

Equal Justice Initiative logo

The organization founded by Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy. They have four major initiatives:  Race and Poverty; Children in Prison; Mass Incarceration; and Death Penalty. Also look for their Facebook page at

The Real Cost of Prisons Project seeks to educate about the social cost of the American system of justice while also supporting prisoners.  The site has an extensive list of stake-holder organizations at

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.  Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Center works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. (from the website) Be sure to see their Speak Up document on what you can do to support the cause at:

The Southern Center for Human Rights is a nonprofit, public interest law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. (from the website) Also see their Facebook page at

The Sentencing Project was founded in 1986 to provide defense lawyers with sentencing advocacy training and to reduce the reliance on incarceration. Since that time, The Sentencing Project has become a leader in the effort to bring national attention to disturbing trends and inequities in the criminal justice system with a successful formula that includes the publication of groundbreaking research, aggressive media campaigns and strategic advocacy for policy reform.

Government Websites

Historic Civil Rights Organizations

Each of these organizations has a history through the Jim Crow era and the gains of the late twentieth Century. Their current missions have broadened to include equity for all Americans, especially those who have been historically or are currently disenfranchised. The websites below are for the national organizations, though each has local or regional affiliates or chapters.