Locking Up Our Own: Crime & Punishment in Black America

James Forman Jr | 2017
Posted in: African American Experiences Criminal Justice Reform
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Forman seeks to answer the question of how a majority-black jurisdiction ended up incarcerating so many of its own.  This delicate question is answered with nuance and compassion. The author, a former US Supreme Court clerk and Public Defender in Washington DC, describes how a black community’s enthusiasm for stricter law enforcement to counteract the presence of drugs and violence in their own neighborhoods led to national unforeseen consequences resulting from the  enactment of stricter laws and the acceptance of enhanced law enforcement led to the tragedy of black men and women being disproportionately incarcerated.