James Forman, Jr.: Crime & Punishment is Black America

James Forman, Jr.: Crime & Punishment is Black America

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  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


TBD, IPJ: Peace and Justice Theater

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




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. In the face of skyrocketing murder rates and the proliferation of open-air drug markets, black officials believed they had no choice. But the policies they adopted would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods.

James Foreman, Jr. represented juveniles as a public defender in Washington, D.C. Currently, he is a professor at Yale Law School.

The panel will be followed by a 30 minute booksigning in the Rotunda outside the Peace and Justice Theatre, during which time drinks and appetizers will be served.


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