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James Forman Jr., Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

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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 (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2017), he seeks to understand why.

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James Forman Jr.
Professor of Law
Yale Law School

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Teddy Harrison
Political Science & Centre for Ethics
University of Toronto

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Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

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