Your Call: What led to the mass incarceration of people of color in America?

Jul 19, 2017

  

In his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, Yale Law Professor James Forman examines the role African-American leaders played in advocating tough-on-crime measures and policies that led to mass incarceration.

Why did so many African Americans embrace the 'war on crime' that began in the 1970s? What lessons can we learn from the past as we move toward criminal justice reform?

Guest:

James Forman, Professor of Law at Yale Law School, former public defender in Washington DC, and author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Local appearance:

James Forman will appear at Book Passage at San Francisco's Ferry Building on Wednesday, July 19th at 6pm.  Details and registration here.

Web Resources:

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

James Forman Jr.

 

The New York Times: ‘Locking Up Our Own,’ What Led to Mass Incarceration of Black Men

 

The Guardian: 'Demolish that lie': James Forman Jr takes on Black Lives Matter backlash