Just Mercy Virtual Discussion

October 14, 2020

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Dr. Jerry Gilbert, Marshall University President
Steve Williams, Mayor, City of Huntington
Jennifer Wheeler, Councilwoman, City of Huntington
Dr. Stephen T. Young, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice and Criminology


Brandi Jacobs-Jones, Sr. VP for University Operations and Chief of Staff


September 23, 2020

Watch the Virtual Discussion from September 23, 2020


Dr. Jerry Gilbert, Marshall University President
Patricia Proctor, Director, Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy
Dr. Monica Brooks, Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Dean of University Libraries
Dr. Cynthia Jones, Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy
La Trae Wilborn, Society of Yeager Scholars


Brandi Jacobs-Jones, Sr. VP for University Operations and Chief of Staff

The Equal Justice Initiative

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. EJI produces groundbreaking reports, an award-winning wall calendar, and short films that explore our nation’s history of racial injustice, and we recently launched an ambitious national effort to create new spaces, markers, and memorials that address the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, which shapes many issues today.

EJI provides research and recommendations to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of criminal justice reform. We publish reports, discussion guides, and other educational materials, and our staff conduct educational tours and presentations for thousands of students, teachers, faith leaders, professional associations, community groups, and international visitors every year.

Visit the Official EJI Website