Bryan Stevenson’s novel, “Just Mercy,” is based on a true story that is very touching and eye opening. Stevenson’s words are very powerful and thorough; he explains and catches the reader’s eyes by explaining that our system of justice needs to be improved. Stevenson, in this novel, tells the reader about one of his first cases that he had, which was a notorious murder case against by Walter McMillian who insists he did not commit.
Advocacy for a prisoner is always a benefit.
It is a prisoners’ number one priority to be advocated since they have a possibility of not getting sentenced. It is especially a number one priority for them because of the capital punishments. “Capital punishment runs counter to core conservative principles of life, fiscal responsibility, and limited government. The reality is that capital punishment is nothing more than an expensive, wasteful and risky government program”(Drehle 29). Being that it is very wasteful and society also agrees with it, advocacy for a prisoner would be an immense advantage considering that the jury would be against the death penalty.
There are different forms of advocacy. One is used to facilitate a prisoners appeal, another form of advocacy is called the social justice advocacy which in McMillian’s case is relevant because he is in such a position of disadvantage where he is not being advocated. Social justice advocacy is for constructional and abiding changes that increase the power of those who are most disadvantaged politically, economically, and socially.
In McMillian’s case, he is disadvantaged socially, being that he has no hope for advocacy reason being Judge Key was not willing to appoint Stevenson to be his lawyer because he saw no point in even making an effort to assist him in his case. “This is Judge Key, and you don’t want to have anything to do with this McMillian case. No one understands how depraved this situation truly is, including me, but I k…