Archive for August 8th, 2012
This is the story of Meesiah Jones and his experience in the juvenile justice system. As a youth he was convicted of a serious offense that he did not commit. At the tender age of 16 he fought a felony case in adult court and by the time he turned 17 he was being processed in San Quentin prison.
In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.