Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Ford and Open Society Foundations Comment on the Legacy of Lynching, On Death Row
In 1989, a 29-year-old African-American civil-rights lawyer named Bryan Stevenson moved to Montgomery, Alabama, and founded an organization that became the Equal Justice Initiative.
It guarantees legal representation to every inmate on the state’s death row. Over the decades, it has handled hundreds of capital cases, and has spared 125 offenders from execution.
In recent years, Stevenson has also argued the appeals of prisoners around the country who were convicted of various crimes as juveniles and given long sentences or life in prison...