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Locking up our own : crime and punishment in black america

by Forman, James, 1967-

Format: Print Book 2017
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Today, Americans are debating our criminal justice system with new urgency. Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics-and their impact on people of color-are feeding outrage and a consensus that something must be done.But what if we only know half the story? In Locking Up Our Own , the Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. weighs the tragic role that some African Americans themselves played in escalating the war on crime. As Forman shows, the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office around the country amid a surge in crime. Many came to believe that tough measures-such as stringent drug and gun laws and "pretext traffic stops" in poor African American neighborhoods-were needed to secure a stable future for black communities. Some politicians and activists saw criminals as a "cancer" that had to be cut away from the rest of black America. Others supported harsh measures more reluctantly, believing they had no other choice in the face of a public safety emergency.Drawing on his experience as a public defender and focusing on Washington, D.C., Forman writes with compassion for individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas-from the young men and women he defended to officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation. The result is an original view of our justice system as well as a moving portrait of the human beings caught in its coils.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Forman is a former Washington, D.C., public defender, the cofounder of a charter school there, and the son of one of the founders of SNCC, James Forman. He writes about the interrelated topics of the senseless killing of African American men by police; the shocking fact that one-third of young black men (one-half in Washington) are under criminal-justice supervision of some sort; and the larger but equally shocking reality that the U.S. is the world's biggest jailer. Before profiling individuals involved with the criminal-justice system in Washington, from politicians and police to accused criminals and crime victims, he traces the history leading up to the present crisis, noting that in the 1970s many African American leaders favored a tougher criminal-justice system, including strict sentencing laws, but showing how these policies have backfired. His case-study approach, looking closely at these sweeping problems through the lens of one metropolitan area, offers a powerful, gut-wrenching slant on the subject, much like that in Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy (2014). For a broader perspective, readers should also consult Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow (2010).--Levine, Mark Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Drawing on a varied CV (public defender, Supreme Court clerk, charter school cofounder, Yale law professor), Forman addresses a tangled and thorny issue-the part played by African-Americans in shaping criminal justice policy. A complex picture emerges, focused on Washington, D.C., as black inner-city residents are hurt both by "over- and under-policing" and as effective enforcement and fairer treatment of minorities come to seem incompatible to policymakers. Forman delineates the ravaging effects of cures with boomerang consequences-from vigorous prosecutions of relatively minor offenses that cut offenders off from public benefits, to black anti-drug activism that enables more punitive policing, to mandatory sentencing policies that prove unequally implemented. With regard to public policy, Forman's attentiveness to class divisions in the black community (for example, the middle-class desire for increased numbers of black policemen, as opposed to the working-class goal of simply accessing new avenues of employment) offers an exemplary perspective. The book achieves genuine immediacy, due not only to the topical subject, but also to Forman's personal experiences within the legal system. Possibly controversial, undoubtedly argumentative, Forman's survey offers a refreshing breath of fresh air on the crisis in American policing. Agent: David McCormick, McCormick Literary. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- United States.
Life and death, Power over.
African American judges.
African American politicians.
African American police.
Social justice -- United States.
United States -- Race relations.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-286) and index.
ISBN 9780374189976
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