McCleskey is the compelling true story of Warren McCleskey, an African-American death-row inmate convicted of killing an Atlanta police officer during a botched armed robbery in 1978. Shortly before his execution, McCleskey became an unlikely mentor to a white, rebellious middle-class teenager.
Through a series of transformative letters that materialized in an unprecedented prison visit, Warren introduces the boy to the redemptive power of grace; the governing force determining that unloved and forgotten humans, despite their terrible mistakes, have one need in common – to be loved.
Set against the brazen misconduct of a contemporary legal system, McCleskey explores the friendship of two disparate men, the undying quest for justice and the improbable ways in which we discover hope.
On September 25, 1991, McCleskey was executed by electrocution. He was the 15th person to be executed since the Supreme Court cleared the way to resume capital punishment in 1976.
McCleskey’s case made U.S. Supreme Court history twice and garnered clemency pleads from Nelson Mandela and Coretta Scott-King, among other notable personal and public figures.