51+ Inspiring Quotes from “Just Mercy”

“Just Mercy” is a great book written by one of the most talented and important lawyers of our day. A stunning, courageous true narrative about the ability for kindness to redeem us, as well as a resounding appeal to change America’s flawed justice system.

Let’s look at some of the Inspiring Quotes From “Just Mercy”

-Georgia’s death row is housed in prison outside of Jackson, a small town in the State’s rural southwest. I travelled there alone, south on I-75 from Atlanta, my pulse hammering faster as I came closer.

-We could even be regarded as not living simply. More like barely surviving, surviving on the goodwill of others, scraping by day by day, uncertain of the future.

-His heart and thoughts were linked with the situation of the condemned and those facing unjust treatment in jails and prisons.

-The proximity to the condemned and detained made the question of each person’s humanity, including my own, more pressing and meaningful.

-My brief stay on death row highlighted to me something was missing in our court system’s treatment of people, that we may be judging some people unfairly.

-The more I thought about it, the more I realised that I had been grappling with the topic of how and why people have wrongly judged my entire life.

-For years, we have been the only country in the world to sentence children to life in jail without the possibility of parole; approximately 3,000 children have been sentenced to die in prison.

-I’ve also represented individuals who have done heinous crimes but are still trying to recover and achieve salvation.

-A lack of sympathy can taint a community’s, state’s, or nation’s decency.

-It’s important to acknowledge that we all require kindness, justice, and, possibly, some measure of undeserved grace.

-There would be additional barriers to opportunity and growth for the surviving black community, as well as a lot of suffering. 

-John’s education had resulted in violence and tragedy rather than emancipation and progress.

-I’d witnessed power abuse before, but there was something particularly distressing about this case when not only a single defendant but a whole community was being abused.

-I’d never held somebody who clutched me so tightly or wept as fiercely or as long as that child.

-It felt as if his sobs would never stop. He’d become tired and then restart. I chose to hold him till he came to a halt.

-When an offender commits a serious crime, the prevailing view in the American criminal justice system fifty years ago was that everyone in the community is the victim.

-Changes in the American criminal justice system have increased as the Supreme Court has given its constitutional permission to a more prominent and protected role for individual victims in the criminal trial process.

-We were getting to the point where we wouldn’t be able to make any further headway without access to police data and files. The State had no responsibility to examine those records and files because the case was now on direct appeal.

-So, we decided to file a Rule 32 petition, which would remand the case to a trial court and allow us to introduce fresh evidence and gain discovery, including access to the State’s files.

-Incompetent defendants cannot be tried in adversarial criminal proceedings, which means the State cannot pursue them until they can defend themselves.

-Because juveniles in adult jails are five times more likely to be sexually assaulted, the Apalachee staff placed Ian, who was small for his age, in solitary confinement.

-By 2010, Florida had sentenced over a hundred children, some of whom were thirteen years old at the time of the crime, to life in prison without the possibility of release for non-homicide charges.

-In many states, children who commit significant crimes have long been subject to adult prosecution and punishment.

– The creation of juvenile justice systems has resulted in most child offenders being committed to juvenile detention facilities.

-For more than a century, institutional care for Americans with significant mental illness was divided between jails and institutions designed specifically to care for people with mental illnesses.

-The inability of many disabled, low-income people to acquire critical care or medication significantly raised their chances of being arrested or imprisoned by the police.

-A torrent of mentally ill persons were sent to prison for small infractions, drug offences, or just for conduct that their communities would not tolerate.

-When the Court outlawed the death sentence for those with intellectual disabilities in 2002, around a hundred people with mental retardation faced execution.

-I began to wonder what would happen if we all just admitted our brokenness if we admitted our flaws, deficiencies, biases, and fears.

-If we did, perhaps we wouldn’t wish to kill the broken among us who have killed others.

-Perhaps we should explore harder solutions to care for the disabled, mistreated, neglected, and traumatised.

-Convict leasing was created at the end of the nineteenth century to criminalise former slaves and convict them of illogical acts for freedmen, women, and children to be “leased” to enterprises and effectively put back into slave work.

-She stopped me when I eventually excused myself, kissing her on the cheek and told her I needed to sign the prisoners’ release papers.

-I switched off the radio and drove carefully home, realising that, while we are entangled in a web of hurt and brokenness, we are also caught in a web of healing and grace.

-“Wait a minute.” She rummaged in her purse till she came upon a piece of wrapped peppermint candy. “Please take this.”

-It felt good to finally be able to address some of these issues through our new initiative and express the challenges posed by racial history and structural poverty.

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