Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Posted by University of Pennsylvania on April 17, 2017

Locking Up Our Own
Crime and Punishment in Black America

James Forman, Jr.
Yale Law School

Camille Z. Charles (Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences, Penn)

Regina Austin (William A. Schnader Professor of Law, Penn Law);
Michael Javen Fortner (CUNY Urban Studies); and
Marie Gottschalk (Penn Political Science)

Mon. April 24, 4:30-6:00 pm
Fitts Auditorium, Golkin Hall Lower Level
3501 Sansom Street (Law School)

IN RECENT YEARS, AMERICA’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS BECOME the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr., points out, however, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. In his new book, Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand why.

JAMES FORMAN, JR. is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is a graduate of Atlanta’s Roosevelt High School, Brown University, and Yale Law School, and was a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court.


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