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… (more)

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Forman deftly moves between such examples of black community support for a law-and-order crackdown and the dire present-day consequences of our increasingly punitive and aggressive war on crime.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 18, 2017)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English

Awards: Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2018 winner


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