Book Discussion with special guest Elaine Spaull

Just Mercy by Bryan StevensonOur members enjoyed discussing current events at the December post-election event, that we’re planning more programs to give members chances to get up to speed on important matters of public policy.

We will discuss NY’s policy of treating 16 year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Elaine Spaull served on Governor Cuomo’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice.

Elaine SpaullAt our February event we will discuss the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. The book is a best seller and winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction, winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction and winner of a Books for a Better Life Award. Joining us will be Rochester City Council Member, Executive Director of the Center for Youth, and 2015 Hannah G. Solomon recipient Elaine Spaull. Elaine served on Governor Cuomo’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice. She will help us understand the issues around Raise the Age, the recommendations for reform of how the criminal justice system in NY treats minors.

The author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. The book is a great read. There are lots of copies in the library system, but you might want to buy one because you’ll want to lend it to someone after you read it.

Please RSVP for the event on the website.

  • February 15, 2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm



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