Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Sponsored by Stanford Law School Criminal Justice Center | Stanford McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society | Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity | Stanford Department of History


Tuesday, May 9, 2017
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Stanford University, Paul Brest Hall
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Join us for an evening to discuss the themes raised in Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr.’s new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Professor Forman is visiting at Stanford Law School this academic year.

Drawing on his experience as a public defender and focusing on Washington, DC, Forman writes about individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas – from the young men and women he defended to officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation. The result is an original view of our justice system that includes a discussion of the role African-American leaders played in the legal changes that led to higher incarceration rates and a call to move beyond the non-violent drug offender statistical myth.

The evening will include an engaged and robust debate on the role the black community played in escalating the war on crime, and a discussion of recent efforts to address mass incarceration and reform aggressive police tactics.

Click here to order James Forman Jr.'s new book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Books will also be available for purchase on site.

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