Locking Up Our Own



Locking Up Our Own In Recent Years, America S Criminal Justice System Has Become The Subject Of An Increasingly Urgent Debate Critics Have Assailed The Rise Of Mass Incarceration, Emphasizing Its Disproportionate Impact On People Of Color As James Forman, Jr., Points Out, However, The War On Crime That Began In The 1970s Was Supported By Many African American Leaders In The Nation S Urban Centers In Locking Up Our Own, He Seeks To Understand Why.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.

James Forman Jr is one of the nation s leading authorities on race, education, and the criminal justice system, and a tireless advocate for young people who others have written off.Forman attended Yale Law School, and after he graduated, worked as a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Sandra Day O Connor of the U.S Supreme Court After clerking, he

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Locking Up Our Own
  • James Forman Jr.
  • English
  • 04 May 2018
  • 9780374189976

10 thoughts on “Locking Up Our Own

  1. jv poore says:

    Inundated with information in the best possible way, I feel like I took an entire class rather than simply reading one book.

  2. Mehrsa says:

    This is a really important book that complicates the dominant narrative on crime espoused in books like the new jim crow and others It adds nuance and it shows how the black community participated in raising the st...

  3. Benjamin Lettuce Treuhaft says:

    A book about policy yes BUT at the end it makes you cry.

  4. Andre says:

    Using Washington D.C as foundation, Mr Forman, Jr takes a look at how, many small events conspired to land the Nation to where it sits today as the greatest jailer in the world Mass incarceration didn t just happen, it built slowly but steadily and many Black politicians, civic and religious leaders bear some responsibility He details with solid research how Black communities consistently called for tougher sentencing laws, not just in D.C but in Black communities all across the land The aim wasn t malicious but lacking foresight, Black leadership was unprepared for the result of the call to get tough on crime With the advent of Black Lives Matter movement, a popular refrain to the activism and outrage is Blacks don t care about so called Black on Black crime.James Forman Jr is a former public defender and the son of prominent civil rights activist And he effectively explodes that myth in these pages In documenting the range of black responses to crime, this book repudiates a claim sometimes made by defenders of the criminal justice system that African Americans protest police violence while ignoring violence by black criminals No...

  5. Candice says:

    One of the best books on criminal justice and the root causes of mass incarceration that I have read I especially appreciated the history of city politics and local black elected officials and law enforcement in Atlanta and D.C Most of the books and studies on mass incarceration focus on everything and everyone but the role that our own community and leaders played while doing their best to save the community from rampant crime Incredibly eye opening and captivating read, and very accessible ...

  6. Adofo Minka says:

    As a public defender working in the criminal punishment system in Hinds County, Mississippi, a county that is well over 70% black,, I found Professor Foreman s book to be long overdue, yet timely Where many authors look at the current state of our criminal punishment system in the larger context of systematic racism, Foreman s work digs deeper and gives readers an up close look at class dynamics and how they have played out in cities where black elected and appointed officials were tasked with controlling the local criminal punishment apparatus and legislative processes The history that Foreman uncovers shows that black elected and appointed officials who made political, economic and social gains from the advancements of the civil rights movements, many times adopted the status quo solutions to of remedying crime through punishments in many instances even when they knew that the true root causes of criminality were addiction, economic inequity and racism However, instead of taking the time, energy and brain power necessary to come up with root cause solutions to crime such providing mental health services, drug rehabilitation, leveling the economic playing field and ...

  7. Yun says:

    Locking Up Our Own provides a detailed look at how mass incarceration and the war on drugs and guns came to disproportionately affect people of color These policies often had the support of African American leaders and community, and over time, they slowly contributed to making America the most locked up country in the world Many people are thrown in jail for minor infractions, which then robs them of the chance to get good educations and have job opportunities.What s amazing about this book is its nuance and empathy Forman shows that there were many factors that contributed to this appalling outcome These factors were the best wisdom of the time, thought up by well respected folks such as community leaders, politicians, cops and police chiefs , doing what they thought were the best thing fo...

  8. Sarah says:

    An excellent book I was reading on my iPad and I tend to read very slowly that way but I would find time for this book Engaging, understandably infuriating, and with a tone I found passionate but unbiased, I learned how increased availability of drugs like heroin and crack in the 70s and 80s, coupled with the increased use of handguns and the rising prevalence of African American police forces, served to influence laws and practices that led directly to the unbelievable rates of incarceration we see today, particularly among poor blacks in urban areas The focus was not on the jailed populations, rather unraveling the whys that got us here It was informative and detailed, very interesting and easy to read In the later chapters of the book, Forman, Jr offers suggestions that might mitigate social damage caused by arrests, mandatory minimums and mandatory maximums, including programs for high risk youth which worked in one case he discussed in depth I hi...

  9. Traci at The Stacks says:

    This is a pretty straightforward book Not particularly artful in style It brings up a lot of questions of blame in the Black community around incarceration, singling out Black leaders It s not wrong I just question the narrowness of the subject and if it s fair to blame these ...

  10. Nancy says:

    Finished 18.04.2018Genre non fictionRating AReview Perspective As a lawyer who started his career as a public defender in Washington D.C., Forman retains a pro African American perspective for the entirety of the book Goal His goal is an honest retelling of the struggles the black man is up against arrests for minor marijuana infractions, opiate crisis getting worse particularly among blacks, racial profiling and guns From Wyatt Earp to the GodfatherUSA misleads their young people who think they can secure their manhood through the barrel of a gun Strong point with a fact based approach Forman effectively presents the story of the racial injustice and inequality that is unchecked in Forman s area of Washington D.C The War on Drugs that started in 1970 s did harm than good resulting in mass incarcerations of black men.Tone Forman maintains a level leaded and intellectual tone throughout the narrative.Weak point the book begins slowly and the first 2 chapters legislation drugs and guns did not grab my attention But once I reached chapter 3 1948 1978 Rise of African American police I was hooked.Conclusion This boo...

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