Charlie is the smart and well-behaved fourteen-year-old boy convicted of murdering his mother’s abusive boyfriend, George. He is sent to an adult jail, where he is repeatedly raped by other inmates. When Stevenson discovers Charlie’s situation, he agrees to represent him. He succeeds in having Charlie’s case moved to a juvenile court. Charlie is released years later as a young man.
Charlie Quotes in Just Mercy
The Just Mercy quotes below are all either spoken by Charlie or refer to Charlie. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Spiegel & Grau edition of Just Mercy published in 2015.).
Chapter 6 Quotes
We’ve been through a lot, Bryan, all of us. I know that some have been through more than others. But if we don’t expect more from each other, hope better for one another, and recover from the hurt we experience, we are surely doomed.
Charlie Character Timeline in Just Mercy
The timeline below shows where the character Charlie appears in Just Mercy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Stand
Chapter 6: Surely Doomed
Deeply angry with everyone who “allowed” it to happen, Stevenson informs a jail officer that Charlie has been raped. The officer shows little concern until Stevenson informs him of his plans... (full context)
...a music video featuring Muncy Prison entitled “This is Not My Home.” Stevenson writes that Charlie and Marsha Colby are “doing well,” and Henry is no longer facing the death penalty.... (full context)