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Just Mercy Reading Group

We’ve had 2 great discussions on the first half of Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy so far and will have 2 more meetings to discuss the last half — on Thursdays, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, at 7:00 p.m. We meet in the basement of First Baptist Church, 500 N. Clinton, where the IO center is located upstairs. We hear from folks who have been on the “inside”, discuss local and national issues of racial disparity in the justice system, and more. Join us for this important conversation! We’ll also host a discussion — with pizza! — one half-hour following the end of Stevenson’s talk at IMU on Oct. 4.

Just Mercy Book Group

Inside Out Reentry will participate in Iowa City’s One Community, One Book program as part of its work for criminal justice education and reform. Inside Out invites the public to join in a discussion group on Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy on four Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., Sept. 10 – Oct. 1, prior to Stevenson’s talk at the Iowa Memorial Union on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2:00 p.m. Read More

Bryan Stevenson Talk on Just Mercy

The UI Center for Human Rights, UNESCO City of Literature/Iowa City Book Festival and Geneva Lecture Series, along with Prairie Lights Books are bringing Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, to the IMU on October 4 to give a lecture.

Bryan Stevenson is an attorney in Montgomery, Alabama who started a nonprofit group, the Equal Justice Initiative,, soon after finishing law school. This organization works with death penalty cases, race and poverty issues, children in prison, and mass incarceration. Just Mercy is primarily the story of Walter McMillian who was put on death row for a crime he did not commit and the six year effort by Bryan and others to eventually prove that he was unjustly accused and imprisoned.

Inside Out will be collaborating to hold book discussions open to the public – it’s in the works!

AmeriCorps staffs effort help offenders rebuild key community ties

[Source: “AmeriCorps staffs effort help offenders rebuild key community ties,” The Gazette, 31 March 2014, by Steve Gravelle]

Each One Reach One connects offenders with volunteers who can help them find work

Steve Gravelle
MARCH 31, 2014 | 11:13 PM

Next to family, corrections officials say a relationship with community is key to preventing an offender’s return to jail or prison. But building or rebuilding that connection can be difficult when one hasn’t been part of the community for months or years.

“We’re trying to fill that hole,” said Nellie O’Mara-Morrissey, restorative justice community coordinator for the Each One Reach One program. Read More