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Bryan Stevenson


Most parents have long understood that kids don't have the judgment, the maturity, the impulse control and insight necessary to make complicated lifelong decisions.




It can be a challenge, but my legacy, at least for the people who came before me, is you don't run from challenges because that's more comfortable and convenient.




My parents lived in a poor rural community on the Eastern Shore, and schools were still segregated. And I remember when lawyers came into our community to open up the public schools to black kids.




Somebody has to stand when other people are sitting. Somebody has to speak when other people are quiet.




Many states can no longer afford to support public education, public benefits, public services without doing something about the exorbitant costs that mass incarceration have created.




We have a system of justice in [the US] that treats you much better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent. Wealth, not culpability, shapes outcomes.



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