Locking Up Our Own [eBook] : Crime And Punishment In Black America

Locking Up Our Own [eBook] : Crime And Punishment In Black America

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Critics of America's criminal justice system 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 this book, he seeks to understand why. Forman describes how the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction -- and thus embraced tough-on-crime measures that would have unforeseen but devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods. He tells stories of politicians, community activists, police officers, defendants, and crime victims -- individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas.

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Content :

Introduction -- Part I: Origins. Gateway to the war on drugs : marijuana, 1975 ; Black lives matter : gun control, 1975 ; Representatives of their race : the rise of African American police, 1948-78 -- Part II: Consequences. "Locking up thugs is not vindictive" : sentencing, 1981-82 ; "The worst thing to hit us since slavery" : crack and the advent of warrior policing, 1988-92 ; What would Martin Luther King, Jr., say? : stop and search, 1995 -- Epilogue: The reach of our mercy, 2014-16.

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9780374712907

Physical Description :

1 online resource (306 pages)

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  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-286) and index.
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