Against the Grain

Beyond Condemnation

Throwing away the key is what the criminal punishment system – and, by extension, the U.S. public – does to tens of thousands of people behind bars. Why does the acclaimed public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson attend to and represent those serving extreme sentences? What does Joseph G. Ramsey mean by Stevenson’s “compassionate radicalism”? Ramsey talks about Stevenson’s transformative ideas, and his own.

Joseph Ramsey, “Never Throw Away the Key: On the Compassionate Radicalism of Bryan Stevenson’s ‘Just Mercy,’” Socialism and Democracy

Joseph Ramsey, “Don’t Judge an Issue Just by Its Cover – 12 Important Points from Jacobin’s Latest Issue ‘Reduce the Crime Rate,’” The Multiracial Unity Blog

(Image on main page by Ron Lach.)


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