In the light of many high profile deaths of black Americans at the hands of police and the surging Black Lives Matter movement, the role of race in our criminal justice system has been placed under close scrutiny. It is a widely acknowledged fact that people of color are disproportionately represented in our jails and prisons. In Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, Yale Law School Professor James Forman Jr. draws on his experience as a public defender in Washington, D.C. The son of civil rights leader James Forman (1928–2005), he describes individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas—from the young men and women he defended to officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation. Forman discusses the first wave of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs who took office around the country amid a surge in crime, many believing that tough measures were needed to secure a stable future for black communities. He presents an original view of our justice system as well as a portrait of the human beings caught in its coils.
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