James Forman, Jr.: Crime and Punishment in Black America (DC)

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:00pm


NYU DC: Abramson Family Auditorium
1307 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005


6:00 p.m. - Check-in
6:30 p.m. - Program
7:45 p.m. - Book signing


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


James Forman, Jr., Professor of Law, Yale Law School; author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America