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Only 1 country does this terrifying thing to 13-year-olds. It's the U.S.

"The United States is the only country in the world where we sentence 13-year-old children to die in prison."

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Wow. Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson gives a stunning talk about injustice in our criminal system. It's a heavy topic, and there's no way to dress it up as uplifting, but at least Stevenson's charisma and engaging stories make it incredibly mesmerizing.

He starts off slow with stories of his grandmother, but by six minutes in, he's dropping facts about our prisons that many people would much rather ignore. Find out what terrifying thing the U.S. does to 13-year-olds at 7:37. And it just gets better and better — don't miss the hilarious story at 17:35 about the time he asked a judge to try his client as a rich white dude. And my favorite quote of the whole talk comes at 20:35 (based on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words): "The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Chills, people, CHILLS!


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