2017 National Book Award Longlist, Nonfiction

James Forman, Jr.

Locking Up Our Own by James Forman, Jr.
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux / Macmillan Publishers)


ISBN: 9780374189976


ABOUT THE BOOK (FROM THE PUBLISHER)

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.


About the Author

James Forman, Jr. is a professor of law at Yale Law School. He has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, numerous law reviews, and other publications. A former clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, he spent six years as a public defender in Washington, D.C., where he cofounded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School.


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