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The Resource Locking up our own : crime and punishment in black america, James Forman, Jr

Locking up our own : crime and punishment in black america, James Forman, Jr

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Locking up our own : crime and punishment in black america
Title
Locking up our own
Title remainder
crime and punishment in black america
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James Forman, Jr
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "An original and consequential argument about race, crime, and the law 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."--
  • "Recounts the tragic role that some African Americans--as judges, prosecutors, politicians, police officers, and voters--played in escalating the war on crime"--
Summary
In Locking Up Our Own, author James Forman Jr. offers historical background to the U.S. War on Crime's aggressive policing and long criminal sentences. African American leaders welcomed these approaches, which began in the 1970s, but now the measures seem to be disproportionately targeting poor black men. Forman, a Yale law professor and former public defender, offers a thought-provoking perspective on combating drugs and violent crime. -- Description by Katherine Bradley Johnson
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Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2017
  • Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, 2018.
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10558692
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DLC
Dewey number
364.97308996073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
crime and punishment in Black America
Label
Locking up our own : crime and punishment in black america, James Forman, Jr
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Publication
Note
Includes index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
306 pages
Isbn
9780374189976
Lccn
2016041345
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)959667302
Label
Locking up our own : crime and punishment in black america, James Forman, Jr
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
306 pages
Isbn
9780374189976
Lccn
2016041345
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)959667302

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