The American criminal justice system isn’t always a case of powerful white people running a system that imprisons African Americans at alarming rates. It’s often the case of black elected officials doing the same. The phenomenon is explored in LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by Yale Law professor James Forman, Jr. Here are ten blurbs about Forman’s powerful account.
“Superb and shattering… Best book I’ve read this year.” Jennifer Senior, New York Times
“A powerfully important and accessible glimpse at the U.S.’s punitive criminal justice system.” Jen Forbus, Shelf Awarenesss
“An absolutely essential read…” Chris Hayes, host of TV’s All In
“A pathbreaking examination” Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law
“Forman uncovers mass incarceration’s hidden history while documenting its human cost. Beautifully written…” Van Jones, Activist