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The Resource Locking up our own : crime and punishment in Black America, James Forman, Jr

Locking up our own : crime and punishment in Black America, James Forman, Jr

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Locking up our own : crime and punishment in Black America
Title
Locking up our own
Title remainder
crime and punishment in Black America
Statement of responsibility
James Forman, Jr
Title variation
Crime and punishment in Black America
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "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."--
  • "Recounts the tragic role that some African Americans--as judges, prosecutors, politicians, police officers, and voters--played in escalating the war on crime"--
Summary
In Locking Up Our Own, author James Forman Jr. offers historical background to the U.S. War on Crime's aggressive policing and long criminal sentences. African American leaders welcomed these approaches, which began in the 1970s, but now the measures seem to be disproportionately targeting poor black men. Forman, a Yale law professor and former public defender, offers a thought-provoking perspective on combating drugs and violent crime. -- Description by Katherine Bradley Johnson
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Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2017
  • Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, 2018.
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10558692
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TEFOD
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1967-
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Forman, James
Dewey number
364.973089/96073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV9950
LC item number
.F655 2017eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • Life and death, Power over
  • African American judges
  • African American politicians
  • African American police
  • Social justice
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • African American judges
  • African American police
  • African American politicians
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • Life and death, Power over
  • Race relations
  • Social justice
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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crime and punishment in Black America
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Locking up our own : crime and punishment in Black America, James Forman, Jr
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Origins -- 1. Gateway to the war on drugs: marijuana, 1975 -- 2. Black lives matter: gun control, 1975 -- 3. Representatives of their race: the rise of African American police, 1948-78 -- Part II: Consequences -- 4. "Locking up thugs is not vindictive": sentencing, 1981-82 -- 5. "The worst thing to hit us since slavery": crack and the advent of warrior policing, 1988-92 -- 6. What would Martin Luther King, Jr., say?: stop and search, 1995 -- Epilogue: The reach of our mercy, 2014-16
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unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (306 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780374712907
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
c
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illustrations.
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71a71ad7-7a13-428d-87a1-3432f11ea0b2
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not applicable
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)983202241
  • ocn983202241
  • 2558736
Label
Locking up our own : crime and punishment in Black America, James Forman, Jr
Link
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Origins -- 1. Gateway to the war on drugs: marijuana, 1975 -- 2. Black lives matter: gun control, 1975 -- 3. Representatives of their race: the rise of African American police, 1948-78 -- Part II: Consequences -- 4. "Locking up thugs is not vindictive": sentencing, 1981-82 -- 5. "The worst thing to hit us since slavery": crack and the advent of warrior policing, 1988-92 -- 6. What would Martin Luther King, Jr., say?: stop and search, 1995 -- Epilogue: The reach of our mercy, 2014-16
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (306 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780374712907
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
71a71ad7-7a13-428d-87a1-3432f11ea0b2
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)983202241
  • ocn983202241
  • 2558736

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