Locking Up Our Own

Locking Up Our Own

Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction Longlisted for the National Book Award One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2017 Former public defender James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass ...

Author: James Forman, Jr.

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349143675

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction Longlisted for the National Book Award One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2017 Former public defender James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of colour. 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 centres. 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, DC 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 neighbourhoods. A former 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 American society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system.
Categories: Political Science

Locking Up Our Own

Locking Up Our Own

An original and consequential argument about race, crime, and the law

Author: James Forman, Jr.

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780374189976

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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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.
Categories: Political Science

Crack

Crack

Alexander, The New Jim Crow, p. 4. Alexander, The New Jim Crow, pp. 257–258. James Forman, Jr., Locking up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2017), pp. 8–9.

Author: David Farber

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108425278

Category: History

Page: 220

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The crack cocaine years: from deviant globalization to the 'get money' culture of late twentieth-century America.
Categories: History

A World Without Police

A World Without Police

James Forman Jr. , Locking Up Our Own : Crime and Punishment in Black America ( New York : Farrar , Straus & Giroux , 2017 ) , 9 . 10. W.E.B. Du Bois , The Philadelphia Negro : A Social Study ( Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania ...

Author: Geo Maher

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781839760051

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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If police are the problem, what’s the solution? Tens of millions of people poured onto the streets for Black Lives Matter, bringing with them a wholly new idea of public safety, common security, and the delivery of justice, communicating that vision in the fiery vernacular of riot, rebellion, and protest. A World Without Police transcribes these new ideas—written in slogans and chants, over occupied bridges and hastily assembled barricades—into a compelling, must-read manifesto for police abolition. Compellingly argued and lyrically charged, A World Without Police offers concrete strategies for confronting and breaking police power, as a first step toward building community alternatives that make the police obsolete. Surveying the post-protest landscape in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Oakland, as well as the people who have experimented with policing alternatives at a mass scale in Latin America, Maher details the institutions we can count on to deliver security without the disorganizing interventions of cops: neighborhood response networks, community-based restorative justice practices, democratically organized self-defense projects, and well-resourced social services. A World Without Police argues that abolition is not a distant dream or an unreachable horizon but an attainable reality. In communities around the world, we are beginning to glimpse a real, lasting justice in which we keep us safe.
Categories: Political Science

The Enigma of Clarence Thomas

The Enigma of Clarence Thomas

James Forman Jr., Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017), 113–14. 45. Randall Kennedy, Race, Crime, and the Law (New York: Vintage, 1998); Forman, Locking Up Our Own, 126–29.

Author: Corey Robin

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 9781627793841

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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The Enigma of Clarence Thomas is a groundbreaking revisionist take on the Supreme Court justice everyone knows about but no one knows. Most people can tell you two things about Clarence Thomas: Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, and he almost never speaks from the bench. Here are some things they don’t know: Thomas is a black nationalist. In college he memorized the speeches of Malcolm X. He believes white people are incurably racist. In the first examination of its kind, Corey Robin – one of the foremost analysts of the right – delves deeply into both Thomas’s biography and his jurisprudence, masterfully reading his Supreme Court opinions against the backdrop of his autobiographical and political writings and speeches. The hidden source of Thomas’s conservative views, Robin shows, is a profound skepticism that racism can be overcome. Thomas is convinced that any government action on behalf of African-Americans will be tainted by racism; the most African-Americans can hope for is that white people will get out of their way. There’s a reason, Robin concludes, why liberals often complain that Thomas doesn’t speak but seldom pay attention when he does. Were they to listen, they’d hear a racial pessimism that often sounds similar to their own. Cutting across the ideological spectrum, this unacknowledged consensus about the impossibility of progress is key to understanding today’s political stalemate.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Four Hundred Souls

Four Hundred Souls

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 heroin's resurgence: James Forman, Jr., Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017), 147–48. “the PCP capital of the world”: Ibid., 135. come to be called ...

Author: Ibram X. Kendi

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473592476

Category: History

Page: 528

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*THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* Four Hundred Souls is an epoch-defining history of African America, the first to appear in a generation, told by ninety leading Black voices -- co-curated by Ibram X. Kendi, author of the million-copy bestseller How To Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire. In chronological chapters, each by a different author and spanning five years, the book charts the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans to the present - a journey defined by inhuman oppression, visionary struggles and stunning achievements. Contributors include some of today's leading writers, historians, journalists, lawyers, poets and activists. Together - through essays and short stories, personal vignettes and fiery polemics - they redefine America and the way its history can be told. 'A vital addition to the curriculum on race in America... Compelling' Washington Post 'A resounding history...that challenges the myths of America's past... Fresh and engaging' Colin Grant, Guardian
Categories: History

Fault Lines

Fault Lines

Again, from Locking Up Our Own: As they confronted this devastating crime wave, black officials exhibited a complicated and sometimes overlapping mix of impulses. Some displayed tremendous hostility toward perpetrators of crime, ...

Author: Voddie T. Baucham

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781684511808

Category: Religion

Page: 270

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"In this powerful book, Voddie Baucham, a preacher, professor, and cultural apologist, explains the sinister worldview behind the social justice movement and Critical Race Theory--revealing how it already has infiltrated some seminaries, leading to internal denominational conflict, canceled careers, and lost livelihoods. Like a fault line, it threatens American culture in general--and the evangelical church in particular."--From publisher's description.
Categories: Religion

Human Relations and Law Enforcement

Human Relations and Law Enforcement

“The Black Police: Policing Our Own.” Book Review of Locking Up Our Own by J. Forman. Harvard Law Review, 131: 1979. Forman, J. (2017). Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Author: Larry Miller

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 9781478639541

Category: Political Science

Page: 218

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Law enforcement professionals encounter multiple challenges. The experiential case-study approach of Human Relations and Law Enforcement—honed through seven editions—places readers in hypothetical problem situations. Scenarios invite reflection and prompt a deeper understanding of the nature of law enforcement work. Concise but thorough introductions set the stage for thoughtful analysis of police-community relations, crisis intervention, interacting with juveniles, effective contact with the emotionally distressed, coping with stress, making ethical decisions, and administrative responsibilities. Case commentaries and questions stimulate discussion about possible courses of action and potential outcomes.
Categories: Political Science