Bryan Stevenson – We need to talk about justice
'The opposite of poverty is not wealth. ... In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice,' Bryan Stevenson.
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
Bryan Stevenson is a public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned.
He's the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. One recent victory: A ban on life imprisonment without parole sentences imposed on children convicted of most crimes in the United States.
We need to talk about justice
Stevenson spoke at TED 2012 in Long Beach, California in March and received the strongest standing ovation ever seen at TED.
Following his presentation and more than $1 million was raised by attendees to fund a campaign run by the human rights lawyer to end the practice of putting children in adult jails and prisons.
Click here or on the image to your right to hear this thought provoking and candidly honest talk on the US criminal justice system, which in many ways is an uncanny reflection of the British judicial and justice system.