Just Mercy

Just Mercy

Southern Prisoners Defense Committee (SPDC) Term Analysis

The SPDC is an organization based in Atlanta, Georgia that is dedicated to providing legal aid to prison inmates throughout Southern states. They provide aid to individual inmates seeking help with appeals and sentencing, and they also work to improve prison conditions. They have a long history of fighting racial and prison injustice. Stevenson interns with the SPDC as a law student and then comes to work with them after graduation.
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Southern Prisoners Defense Committee (SPDC) Term Timeline in Just Mercy

The timeline below shows where the term Southern Prisoners Defense Committee (SPDC) appears in Just Mercy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Introduction: Higher Ground
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...The next summer, he goes to Georgia to intern for the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee (SPDC). On the plane, he meets the impassioned director, Steve Bright. At the SPDC, Stevenson finds... (full context)
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After his summer at the SPDC, Stevenson returns to his last year at Harvard with a new sense of purpose. He... (full context)
Chapter 1: Mockingbird Players
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...has been four years since Stevenson graduated from law school and began working at the SPDC. One day, he receives a phone call from Judge Robert. E Lee Key. On hearing... (full context)
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...100 death-row inmates, to whom the state offers no public defense. Because of this, Georgia-based SPDC is barraged with death row cases from Alabama. Stevenson is spending a lot of time... (full context)
Chapter 2: Stand
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Stevenson goes back in time to his second year in at SPDC. He had spent his first year and a half living on Steve Bright’s couch. When... (full context)