For more than a decade, Bryan Stevenson has headed the Montgomery, Ala.-based Equal Justice Initiative. EJI lawyers and staff use the courts to seek to overturn convictions, seek rehearings or exonerations for inmates under 18 who have been incarcerated for life without parole, on the basis that life imprisonment for crimes committed during youth -- other than homicide -- represents cruel and unusual punishment.
Now Stevenson is working on a broader initiative that will spotlight racial injustice and poverty as key social problems which are part of what causes youth to be tried and imprisoned as adults. On Oct. 3, 2011, Stevenson spoke to approximately 150 New York University law school students about EJI's work.
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