Just Mercy is an American film that explores the gaps of the criminal justice system in America with regards to access to justice for marginalized groups and the innate injustice of the death penalty as a form of punishment. Set in the Deep South, the topics and experiences echo the challenges faced by poor minorities that presents parallels here in Kenya.
Amnesty International Kenya and Still we Rise plans to host a screening of the film “Just Mercy” on Saturday 29th February 2020 at 11.00am at the Westgate Theatres. The screening will be followed by a powerful panel discussion comprising of criminal justice experts, jurists, death penalty abolitionists and former death row inmates. The topics covered will include inhumanity of the death penalty; the power of lone courageous lawyers and advocates in challenging systemic injustice; importance of proper policing and prosecution practices; criminal justice reforms; and, rationale for the abolition of the death penalty.