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Past Event

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

The outrage over the senseless killings of black men and women at the hands of law enforcement has led to a renewed conversation about race in America, where black people are more likely than whites to be arrested for minor crimes, to be dealt harsher sentences and to be more unfairly impacted by their criminal records. Yet the criminal justice system is staffed by thousands of black police officers, judges, corrections officers and prosecutors. Forman examines the tragic roots of the war on crime, showing how tougher laws and harsher responses were proposed by the nation’s first black mayors, police chiefs and city council members. When poverty, crime, drug addiction and violence were on the rise, their stringent law-and-order tactics were seen as necessary to protect and heal these communities. In heartbreaking detail, Forman reveals how incremental steps taken in the name of the civil rights movement gradually eroded the rights and opportunities of the very people they were meant to help.

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

MLF: Humanities

Forman photo by Harold Shapiro 

August 8, 2017

The Commonwealth Club
555 Post St.
San Francisco, 94102
United States

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James Forman Jr.

Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Former Public Defender; Author, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America


5:30 p.m. check-in
6 p.m. program
7 p.m. book signing