Just Mercy Supplemental Materials and Reading List


in 2016, UC Berkeley chose Bryan Stevenson’s acclaimed 2014 book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, for this year’s On the Same Page program. In recognition of the book’s impact and importance, copies of Just Mercy were distributed to all incoming first-year students at Berkeley Law and criminal law professors will incorporate the book into their classrooms.   
Just Mercy opens the door to profound questions about race, justice, crime, and our shared humanity.  The Henderson Center offers you this list of additional reading and viewing materials, from books to speeches to films to articles, to support members of our community who want to wrestle with these tough questions after reading Just Mercy.  Each item is available at the Berkeley Law library behind the circulation desk, campus libraries, or online as noted.
This list contains suggestions from students, faculty, and staff, and is meant to grow as our community explores Just Mercy’s ideas. If you would like to offer an addition, please email henderson.center@law.berkeley.edu.  
We thank the staff of Berkeley Law’s library, Henry Hecht, and David Oppenheimer for their generosity in bringing this initiative to life.


Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow, (2010).
Law Library – KF9730.A949 2010
Main Library – HV9950.A437 2010

Akhil Reed Amar, Selections from America’s Constitution, (2005).
Law LibraryKF4541 .A87 2005

  • Introduction
  • The Rebirth of a Caste
  • New Rules for a New World
  • A New Birth of Freedom

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time, (1998).
Multiple UCB Libraries – PS3552.A45 A16 1998
XMAC B181 C65
E185.61 B245

Radley Balko, Rise of the Warrior Cop, (2013).
Morrison Library (non-fiction) – HV8080.S64 B354 2013
Social Research Library –  HV8080.S64 B354 2014

Stuart Banner, The Death Penalty: An American History, (2002).
Law Library – KF9227.C2 B36 2002
Main Library – HV8699 .U5 B367 2003
Main Library – HV8699.U5 B367 2002
ACLS Humanities Ebook

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Racism without Racists, (2014).
Law Library – KF4755 .B66
Main Library –  E184.A1 B597 2014
Main Library – Earlier Editions

Raymond Bonner, Anatomy of an Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong, (2012).
Law Library – KF225.E43 B66 2012
Multiple UCB Libs

William Carrigan, The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916, (2004).
Main Library – HV6481.T4 C37 2004

Dan T. Carter, Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South, (1979).
Law Library – KF224.S36 C37 1979
Law Library – Earlier Editions
Main Library – KF224.S34 C3 1979
Main Library – Earlier Editions
Ebook 2007
Ebook C1979

Craig Haney, Death by Design: Capital Punishment as Social Psychological System, (2005).
Kadish Library (JSP) – CSLS HV 8699 U5 H365 2005
Main Library – HV8699.U5 H365 2005

Ian Haney López, Dog Whistle Politics, (2014).
Law Library – KF4755 .H362 2014 
Multiple UCB Libs – E185.615 .H278 2014

Cheryl I. Harris, Whiteness as Property, 106 Harvard Law Review 1707 (1993).
Also found in: Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement (1995).
Law Library – KF4755.A75 C7 1995
Multiple UCB Libs – KF4755.A75 C7 1995

Langston Hughes, Selected poems of Langston Hughes, (1990).
Main Library – PS3515.U274 A6 1990

  • Refugee in America (Words Like Freedom)

Jill Leovy, Ghettoside, (2015).
Law Library – Non-Fiction
Multiple UCB Libs – HV6529 .L46 2015

James Liebman, The Columbia DeLuna Project, The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution, (2014).
Law Library – KF224.D45 W76 2014

Douglas S. Massey and Nancy A. Denton, American Apartheid, (1993).
Law Library – KF4755 .M378 1993 
Multiple UCB Libs – E185.61 .M373 1993

Monique W. Morris, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, (2015).
Social Research Library – LC2731 .M59 2015

Charles Ogletree and Austin Sarat, Life Without Parole: America’s New Death Penalty (2012).
Law Library – KF9750 .L54 2012

Charles Ogletree and Austin Sarat, The Road To Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States, (2009).
Law Library – KF9227.C2 R63 2009
Main Library – Ebooks
Law Library – Ebook

Charles Ogletree and Austin Sarat, From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America, (2006).
Law Library – KF9227.C2 F76 2006
Multiple UCB Libs – KF9227.C2 F76 2006

john a. powell, Racing to Justice, (2012).
Law Library – KF4755 .P69 2012
Multiple UCB Libs – E184.A1 P6637 2012 

Beth E. Richie, Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation, (2012).
Law Library – KF9322 .R53 2012 
Social Research Library – HV6626.2 .R57 2012

Wilbert Rideau, In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Redemption, (2010).
Law Library – KFL590.5.A54 R53 2010
Main Library – HV9475.L22 L646 2010

Jonathan Simon, Governing Through Crime, (2007).
Law Library – KF9223 .S556 2007
Main Library – HV6789 .S57 2007

William Stuntz, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice, (2011).
Law Library – KF9223 .S77 2011
Main Library – HV7432 .S78 2011

Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns, (2010).
Multiple UCB Libs –  E185.6.W685 2010


Jeffrey Toobin, The Legacy of Lynching, On Death Row, New Yorker, (August 22, 2016).

Andrew Cohen, Letting Prosecutors Write Law, The Marshall Project, (July 18, 2016).

National Registry of Exonerations 2015 Report (February 3, 2016).

Conor Friedersdorf, Travesties in Criminal Justice That Are Mostly Ignored , The Atlantic, (January 28, 2016).

Melinda D. Anderson, Will School-Discipline Reform Actually Change Anything?, The Atlantic, (September 14, 2015).

Raha Jorjani, Could black people in the U.S. qualify as refugees?, The Washington Post, (August 14, 2015).

Jelani Cobb, Between the World and Ferguson, New Yorker, (August 26, 2014).

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations. The Atlantic, (June 2014). PDF of article from EBSCO

Fania Davis, Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment. Yes! Magazine, (February 19, 2014).

The Editorial Board, Rampant Prosecutorial Misconduct, The New York Times, (January 4, 2014).

Human Rights Watch report, An Offer You Can’t Refuse, (December 5, 2013).

Paige Williams, Double Jeopardy.  New Yorker, (November 17, 2011).

Kathleen M. Ridolfi, Maurice Possley and Northern California Innocence Project, Preventable Error: A Report on Prosecutorial Misconduct in California 1997-2009, (2010).

Peggy MacIntosh, White Privilege Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peace and Freedom Magazine, pp. 10-12, (July/August 1989).

Patricia J. Williams, On Being the Object of Property. 14 Signs 5 (1988).


Brown v. Board of Education 347 U.S. 483

Harbison v. Bell  
556 U.S. 180 (2009)

Roper v. Simmons 
543 U.S. 551 (2005)

Shelby County v. Holder 557 U. S. 193
US Supreme Court website
Oyez Project

Wearry v. Cain 577  U. S. __ (2016)
US Supreme Court website


Martin Luther King, Jr., Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March, King Encyclopedia, Stanford University, (March 25, 1965).

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr., King Encyclopedia, Stanford University, (April 16, 1963).


Brené Brown, Listening to Shame, (March 2012).

Brené Brown, The Power of Vulnerability (June 2010).

Adam Foss, A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System, (February 2016).

Bryan Stevenson, We Need to Talk about an Injustice, (March 2012).


4 Little Girls (1997).
Main Library Media Center – DVD X7692

Awakenings, 1954-1956 – Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years (2006).
Main Library Media Resources Center – DVD 6960

Bridge to freedom, 1965 – Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years (2006).
Main Library Media Resources Center – DVD 6962

Strange Fruit (2002).