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 : Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

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Binding: Hardcover
Brand: Farrar Straus and Giroux
EAN: 9780374189976
Feature: Farrar Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374189978
Item Dimensions: 9336390114
Label: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
MPN: 9780374189976
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 320
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Studio: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction
Long-listed for the National Book Award
Finalist, Current Interest Category, Los Angeles Times Book Prizes
One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2017
Short-listed for the Inaugural Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice

Former public defender James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand the war on crime that began in the 1970s and why it was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers.



Forman shows us that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction. Many prominent black officials, including Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry and federal prosecutor Eric Holder, feared that the gains of the civil rights movement were being undermined by lawlessness―and thus embraced tough-on-crime measures, including longer sentences and aggressive police tactics. In the face of skyrocketing murder rates and the proliferation of open-air drug markets, they believed they had no choice. But the policies they adopted would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods.



A former D.C. public defender, Forman tells riveting stories of politicians, community activists, police officers, defendants, and crime victims. He writes with compassion about individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas―from the men and women he represented in court to officials struggling to respond to a public safety emergency. Locking Up Our Own enriches our understanding of why our society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system in this country.





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