Prue Beidler and Audra Wilson will lead a discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s 2014 book Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption.
Our first LWV-LF/LB book club gathering is on Tuesday, February 23, at 7:00 PM. Prue Beidler will lead a discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s 2014 book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Audra Wilson, President and CEO of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, will join her in leading the discussion, a part of our recognition of Black History Month. The book is available at Lake Forest Book Store. Please help us support our local businesses with your purchase.
Registration is required for our new LWV LF/LB Book Club. Please register here.
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Bryan Stevenson is the founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative based in Montgomery, Alabama, and a law professor at the New York University School of Law. He has assisted in cases that have saved dozens of prisoners from the death penalty.
In related news, our LWV-LF/LB Criminal Justice Co-Chair Jared Rose worked to eliminate the death penalty in Virginia this winter as an aide to Virginia House of Delegates bill sponsor Mike Mullin. The Virginia bill to abolish the death penalty passed the House of Delegates on February 5, 2021, and awaits signature by Virginia Governor Northam. With its first execution at Jamestown more than 400 years ago, Virginia has had more executions than any other state since colonial times. Illinois eliminated the death penalty in 2011. More than half of the states still permit the death penalty.