Locking up Our Own

Locking up Our Own

Crime and Punishment in Black America

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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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 the author points out that the war on crime in the 1970's was supported by many African Americans--judges, prosecutors, politicians, police officers, and voters--in the nation's urban centers. In this book Forman seeks to understand why.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374189976
9780374537449
Characteristics: 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary: 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 the author points out that the war on crime in the 1970's was supported by many African Americans--judges, prosecutors, politicians, police officers, and voters--in the nation's urban centers. In this book Forman seeks to understand why.

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alfredfrenzel
Jun 21, 2020

These days, many people are reaching for copies of Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” to better understand how the promise of the civil rights era gave way to the age of mass incarceration. Alongside it, they should read “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” by James Forman Jr. Where Alexander’s tone is righteous, Forman’s is ironic. He shows how black voters and politicians have consistently supported tough-on-crime legislation — a reasonable response, except that it fails to account for the persistence of structural racism and unequal justice.

How, Forman asks, have black Americans become not just the victims of mass incarceration, but often the agents facilitating it? It is an uncomfortable argument, but an important one — just like so many of the debates around race today. - NYT

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KellyLatimer
Mar 18, 2019

Very worthwhile reading. The book is well written and thoroughly researched. A sadly fascinating and enlightening journey through a few chapters of the American criminal justice system and it's impact on the black community in the US.

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cundulee
Nov 26, 2018

Thought provoking. Does not drift to easy assumptions or throw up pre-ordained causes. Very factual in content and purpose.

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mclarjh
May 28, 2018

Tedious ordinary history explains the legitimate origin of carding; narrow focus on Washington DC; for Black American readers.

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