@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: James Forman - Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
Race has been a major factor in the demographics of aggressive policing and mass incarceration, but the problem is more complicated than it appears. In this important study of the role of African Americans in the war on crime, Forman, a clinical professor of law at Yale Law School, frequent contributor to law journals and other publications, and former public defender in Washington, D.C. looks at the increase of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs across the country and the concurrent rise in crime. In compassionate and even-handed profiles, he shows us both the officials who believe it’s necessary to be tough on criminal activity and the many individuals caught in a downward spiral of poverty, lack of opportunity, and prison.
This event is supported by the Maya Angelou Schools See Forever Foundation.