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Michael B. Jordan plays a real-life superhero in his new film, Just Mercy.

Bryan Stevenson, whom the actor portrays, is a lawyer who for the past 31 years has worked tirelessly toward freeing wrongfully convicted inmates from death row and reforming the criminal justice system in America.

“We’re in this era of over-incarceration, where one in three black male babies born in this country is expected to go to jail or prison,” Stevenson, 60, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

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