Locking Up Our Own
Professor James Forman talked about his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, in which he examines criminal justice polices put in place in the early 1970s and 1980s to curb rising crime in cities and argues that they are having an adverse effect today. In his book, Professor Forman asserts that many of the policies that were put in place during that time were also backed by some African American officials coming into office. A Washington, D.C., public defender for six years, Professor Forman recalled how Mayor Barry and other city officials across the country supported tough-on-crime policies to combat high murder rates and drug related problems in their cities. close
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